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Case Study - Unilever

Organisation : Unilever

Application : Offices

Product : Duplex

Location : Bedford

Requirement :

When Unilever’s Research & Development facility needed to house a 130-strong team of scientists following a company restructure, not only did it need to be done in 12 weeks, it also needed to be kitted out with all the necessary facilities.

It was vital to offer the team the best possible working environment, while the company refurbished an existing building on site.

Solution :

Unilever met three modular building providers, but only Portakabin gave the company complete confidence that they could provide everything it needed within the necessary timescales.

Portakabin worked with Unilever to create a solution that met all the requirements of the team, while making maximum use of the space available. This meant installing a dual climate control system, which provides both heating and cooling, as well as smart and effective workstations.

Ensuring easy access for everyone in line with the Disability Discrimination Act and health and safety requirements was also an important consideration, and Portakabin installed a ramp to the front entrance, which was specifically tailored for the site requirements.

"Being able to get everything we needed from one company was fantastic. The excellent level of expertise in every area ensured the project went very smoothly and made the whole process a great deal easier for us."

"My colleagues and I put a plan together for the layout of the building, but after we met the team from Portakabin Interiors they created a much improved design, making far better use of the space available. The workstations were delivered and installed quickly and efficiently and, combined with the excellent internal environment provided by the building, have created an extremely smart office for the team.

"The climate control system is very easy to operate, extremely quiet, and ensures that the working environment is kept at a constant, comfortable temperature all year round.

"The installation of the ramp was extremely quick and didn’t require any time-consuming ground works, which helped to speed up the process.

"The scientists are extremely happy with all the facilities and feel that Portakabin has created a very productive working environment. The facilities in the newly refurbished building will have very high standards to live up to!"

Paul Stuart, Unilever's Engineering Department Manager

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