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“We have worked with RetailTeam for a few years for furniture supply, but these are the first major projects we’ve partnered on. We are very pleased with the results; from the outset we were assured value for money and confident that RetailTeam could provide a well thought out, modern solution. We have achieved a quality finish that is adaptable and can grow with our fast-paced business. I was away at the time of the installation, but was safe in the knowledge that our Account Manager understood our needs and would oversee the project with care and attention to detail.”

– Ines Dearman, Engagement Manager, TJ Morris

Summary of services provided:
Installation and supply at their Liverpool and Arnesbury Distribution Centres.

The Challenge

TJ Morris Ltd, trading as Home Bargains, is one of the UK’s fastest growing discount retailers with over 370 stores throughout the UK. A purpose-built warehouse and distribution centre was completed in 2010 at the company’s headquarters in Liverpool, to facilitate its rapid expansion. The offices at this location required a contemporary solution to suit the brand.

The brief was to achieve a modern, flexible working environment suitable to a young demographic of staff, giving consideration to the dynamic and continual growth of the company. The previous premises had been populated as the business grew and the furniture was too large for today’s technology.

In addition the firm were building a new distribution site in Amesbury, Wiltshire to support their expansion into the south. The management team were looking for a company to work with them on the design, supply and installation of furniture for all areas of the new premises moving forward.

The Solution

As the premises were new they were being developed without any staff to fill them at the time. Therefore we needed to ensure that any design was future proof, protecting TJ Morris’ investment and adapting to their needs as staff numbers grew. We discussed all the relevant areas that the company would need to have available as they populated the building and supplied space plans for the whole project.

Working closely with the client, we planned the offices to accommodate approximately a third of the potential staff whilst also filling meeting rooms, reception, boardroom, buyer’s area and machine and break out areas. The building is now gradually filling up and changing shape as the design and furniture supplied allows for.

We arranged visits to the manufacturers showrooms and advised on the fabric selections as each room had a different colour scheme; encouraging the client to use natural fibre fabrics where possible. The products selected included Core desks, Clipper operator chairs and Ad Lib meeting tables and chairs for the meeting rooms and board room. We also supplied all of the window blinds.

Although there wasn’t a definitive occupation date we ensured that the installation was timely; we arrived on the morning that the building was handed over to the client from the main contractor. We scheduled 2 days to complete the installation and completed within that time frame.

We are now working the second project in Amesbury, tailoring the colour palette to complement its location near Stonehenge. We are installing the warehouse furniture in June and the staff canteen in July, with staff due to move in during September.