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GKN Aerospace (GKN) are a UK-based aerospace that develops, builds, and supplies advanced aerospace systems, components, and sustainable technologies.
A key part of GKN’s corporate vision was to create a UK Global Technology Centre (GTC): a place to house 300 highly skilled engineers and STEM students, which needed to include collaborative space for research and development in cooperation with various partner organisations.
From an internal perspective, GKN was keen to create an engaging and stimulating environment that fully portrayed their values, whilst simultaneously nurturing increasingly agile working methods within a space that encouraged flexibility and efficiency.
Frövi worked alongside esteemed workplace design and build experts, Interaction, to deliver a 42,000 ft fit out that includes a flexible collaborative “hack space”, giant preserved foliage wall in the reception, extensive breakout areas, roof terrace workspace and large multi-functional auditorium. The office even benefits from multipurpose taps, providing hot, cold and sparkling water at the push of a button!
The furniture choices on this project were critical to support the differentiation of the workspaces and promote GKN’s original specification.
We provided a wide range of furniture into the project, each piece individually chosen to enhance the area it was going to be housed within. For example, the Osti range was chosen to promote collaboration and social interaction, with a burst of creative colour, to the outdoor roof terrace. In contrast, the indoor breakout spaces required a more comforting, semi-private seating solution provided by the Home range of workspace sofas. Available in a single or two-seater, and customisable with a choice of beautiful fabric finishes, including optional two-tone fabric choices, the Home range brings comfort, style and practicality into GKN’s breakout areas. With additional extras such as an optional coat hook, fold out laptop table or castors, the Home range was an instant hit with the GKN users.