Adelie Foods

Adelie Foods is the UK’s leading ‘food to go’ business supplying the UK retail and foodservice sectors. The operation employs 2,800 staff at locations throughout the UK producing 4 million sandwiches and 250,000 salad packs a week. When they acquired their new London Heathrow headquarters to support the company’s continued growth, it was crucial to select the right partner to design and deliver a functional and dynamic workspace befitting of such an energetic and thriving business. Following a highly competitive selection process, Metric Office Interiors were awarded the contract and, working alongside the Adelie team, began the process to create an inspired working environment.

A detailed client brief gave our design team the insight they needed to define a layout specific to the company’s requirement which maximises flow and productivity between departments. This was visualised across both floors of the building through 2D CAD plans and then certain specialised areas were further developed using 3D visuals in order to confirm their flow with the work environment.

Using the ‘virtual’ office, Metric was able to demonstrate how colour variations would enhance the workplace and our designers worked with Adelie’s Marketing department to ensure that all features, furniture and decoration reflected their corporate image and brand identity – and also allowed for existing furniture to be seamlessly incorporated into the new offices.

The incorporation/re-use of existing systems, features and furniture was in fact an important element of the overall brief in order to adhere with Adelie’s corporate sustainability programme. As such the original mechanical and electrical (M&E) structure was reconfigured (involving detailed consultation with Building Control) to accommodate the new layout. This involved complex adaptation of the building’s air-conditioning, lighting and power systems.

Natural light was maximised and interest added with the inclusion of angled, full height, glazed office fronts which ensured maximum sound attenuation.

The success of this project was due to the attention to detail in its design throughout the process. Ultimately, we delivered a fit-out from concept to completion which included 4 meeting rooms, 12 offices, open-plan workstations for 71 staff members (including 12 ‘hot desks’), a professional ‘new product development’ kitchen, presentation kitchen, staff canteen/kitchen, booth seating and breakout lounge area, post room, comms room, storage rooms and an open-plan reception area.

Then we seamlessly moved Adelie into their smart new offices over a weekend, making sure it was ready to open for business on time on Monday morning.

The end result is a vibrant and inspiring office environment for Adelie’s staff and visitors. We wish Adelie Foods every success in their new workspace and continued business success, and we look forward to renewing our partnership again in the future.

“We talked to a number of companies before appointing Metric Interiors to manage the fit-out of our new head office building and chose them because they demonstrated a clear understanding of the requirements of our brief to create an inspirational yet functional working environment.

I am delighted to say that they really brought our vision to life and were also able to respond quickly and effectively to changes we needed to accommodate at the fit-out stage whilst still delivering the project on budget, on time and in full.

Colleagues love the practicality and style of our new office space and our development kitchen and presentation areas have created a fantastic showcase for the innovation we deliver here at Adelie.”

Rick Kovac, Group Procurement Director, Adelie Foods Group Ltd.