CAT B fit-out of a 70,000 sq/ft facility in Hertfordshire, built to bring together various aspects of our client’s business all under one roof.
This extensive project has provided our client with a multi-faceted environment, whilst also helping to create greater efficiencies throughout their business operation.
Established in 1986, Air Business is a market leader in global mail, fulfilment, distribution and subscription management.
SEC Interiors’ completion of Air Business Limited’s new home, The Beacon in Hatfield, Hertfordshire follows two years of extensive planning, design and CAT B interior fit-out works. And subsequently SEC Interiors received an award from the Herts Building & Construction awards 2019 for ‘Highly Commended’.
Air Business Limited, established in 1986 is a global distribution and subscription management company, serving over 300 million subscribers and a host of prestigious clients, including the likes of The Guardian Weekly, New Scientist and Bauer Media Group to name but a few.
“Our business and customer base has expanded so much, we had simply outgrown the space we were in,” comments, Group Managing Director, Adam Sherman. The move to The Beacon “was a strategic business decision aimed at creating greater efficiencies, making our business more environmentally friendly and, ultimately, improving our seamless customer experience by bringing everything under one roof.”
Following the acquisition of this new facility, Air Business was in need of a fit-out partner who could work with them every step of the way, to ensure that the move from their existing base of operations was as seamless as possible.
In order to prepare the facility for the bulk of the works, SEC made allowances for significant electrical installation throughout the offices and fulfilment warehouse. Various spaces were then created on the ground floor, including print and operations rooms, a large staff breakout space and an office administration area.
Our bespoke fit-out of the 2nd-floor office included the installation of glazed silicon jointed partitioning, which was used to create the senior management offices and meeting room space. A full furniture package was also agreed, with SEC planning the optimum layout of the floor to incorporate various workstations and storage systems.
In the fulfilment warehouse, SEC assisted Air Business with the layout of the machinery and operations areas, whilst also making allowances to design and install a very narrow aisle pallet racking system. “Out in the factory, we’ve helped Air Business with their layout so they get everything going through their process in a sequence,” comments, Russell Coleman, Sales Director of SEC Interiors. “Logistically, Air Business now has a greater volume and better efficiency of throughput.”
“Ultimately, what we provided for Air Business, I believe, is coming from their last space, is a new, dynamic, more efficient and pleasurable working space.
One of the key areas we were able to support them in was with the building itself. There was lots of infrastructural elements that they had to add to the building structure, and they needed our designs to incorporate.
From SEC’s perspective, this has turned out to be one of our landmark projects. It actually displays all of the facets that we can offer a client across our three businesses.”
Sales Director of SEC Interiors
“We chose SEC as our design and fit-out partner as we were completely new to this type of project and they took time to explain each stage to us and guide us in exploring different options.
Given the scale of the project, we had a very strict budget and SEC helped to deliver everything we needed within this to ensure all our requirements were met.
We enjoyed working with SEC, as their hard-working team were always available to help and offer advice. We were really delighted with the result.
The Beacon is an amazing workspace and it is a head office that everyone is really proud of. We’ve had great feedback from both our employees and customers.”
Customer Experience Director
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