Eight months, three floors, 200 workstations …

When DL Company took on the task of fitting out the new HQ of Stagecoach UK Group, the team lived up to director Dan Lowe’s pledge that the firm brings ‘knowledge, talent and skills to any project, small or large’.

The latter, in this case – as the Sheffield firm was in charge of designing the layout, selecting the products and delivering the complete project at Stockport Exchange Office Building, a state-of-the-art award-winning office building.

Thanks to a number of showroom visits, the team were able to illustrate and discuss innovative furniture proposals and flooring solutions that would create a new culture within the business, ‘preparing it for the evolving way people do business within large organisations’.

Within that ever-changing world of business, working with the times – and on time – is crucial to any large-scale high-prolife renovation project.

So working alongside Stagecoach, designs and products were chosen that were befitting of the space and offered a modern and stylish feel, while maintaining the brand identity of Stagecoach and reflecting the traditional company ethics.

The project To Do list was extensive as a result, with DL supplying and installing areas including audio visual systems, raised access floor, folding wall system, air conditioning, office furniture, and glass partitioning.

And just as you’d hope for a project managed on behalf of a public transport operator like Stagecoach, Dan and the team were on budget – and ran it on time!

Here we take a closer look and find out more, from the designers and from Stagecoach Group themselves – who gave DL a five-star post-refurb review.

The designer’s view:

MD of DL Company Daniel Lowe said: “As Stagecoach’s business requirements had expanded over the years, they’d outgrown their old offices. The new offices at Stockport Exchange Office Building needed to provide improved facilities and a working environment better suited to the needs of staff and the business which gave us great scope for innovative furniture proposals and flooring solutions that would create a new culture within the business.

“This installation is a great example of the knowledge, talent and skills that DL can bring to any project, large or small and we’re immensely proud to have delivered such a high-profile project for Stagecoach.

“Having started from the very beginning of the process it’s been a very enjoyable job making the decisions alongside the customer to bring from the planning stage to reality.”

The company’s view:

MD of Stagecoach Services Mark Haberfield said: “From Stagecoach’s first meeting with DL, we found Dan and the team epitomised the seamless combination of customer service and modern-day delivery we had expected.

“We immediately trusted DL’s input on their suggestions of layout, design, and the ranges of furniture and fittings offered by their key suppliers. We found all the trades people attending our site to be professional and friendly.

“Over an eight-month programme covering three floors, 200 workstations, and associated amenities including a kitchen and meeting room suite, Dan’s team came in on budget and on time. Other Group companies have seen the results and asked us about DL as a result.”

Kitchens and canteen

Daniel Lowe said: “A large and light kitchen and canteen was required, providing a great change of scenery.

“As well as the all-important white goods, we used a variety of furniture products to reflect a relaxed space, maintain the colour scheme and include suitable facilities for staff to fully enjoy their breaks.”

Door Entry System

Daniel said: “These screens allowed each meeting room to display the company brand and welcome messages, while running a room booking system for practical, everyday use.”