Metric makes more room for pupils in Hounslow

As part of Hounslow’s School Expansion Programme Metric have been appointed by Balfour Beatty to install all the bespoke, ff&e into ten of the area’s primary schools which have been selected for re-development.
The initiative will expand the borough’s primary schools to meet the growing demand for primary (predominately reception class) school places in Hounslow.  It is a response by the Government to projections which demonstrate that taking into account housing developments, birth data, pupil mobility and  historical school applications more forms of entry will be needed across the borough from 2015. It also represents a long term investment into the area’s educational facilities. This is not an issue singular to Hounslow and many of the London boroughs are facing a similar scenario.
The schools were selected based on demand, site suitability and manageability, they represent the first step in what will be an on-going expansion programme from primary through secondary establishments. The schools under development are as follows:
• Springwell Infant
• Springwell Junior
• Norwood Green Infant
• Norwood Green Junior
• Feltham Hill Infant
• Feltham Hill Junior
• Sparrow Farm Infant
• Sparrow Farm Junior
• Crane Park
* Grove Park
In light of the issue, space is premium and as such, under the guidance of Pick Everard, Metric have specifically designed and installed multi-functional storage walls to answer pupil and classroom demands.
We are delighted to have been selected to assist in this important initiative and are on course to have works completed in plenty time before the increased intake of pupils arrives for their first day in September.

Proud to have been a part of such an epic project!!

Heathrow is the world’s busiest airport in terms of passenger numbers and Terminal 2 is the biggest addition to the airport since Terminal 5 in 2008.
The monumental new structure is six times bigger than the original, it cost £2.5 billion and took 5 years to complete.
The terminal itself is a vast, giant 5 storey steel structure measuring 220x 200m but the layout is designed with the ‘passenger experience’ at the forefront, in fact every passenger will be able to get from plane to terminal exit in 5 minutes. The terminal will handle over 20 million passengers a year.
Logistical constraints complicated the build (T2 is right in the middle of the airport) but ultimately the construction phase was completed without disruption to daily operations.
The pressure was on for the epic fixtures, furnishings and equipment stage in order to meet the terminal opening date of June 4th.
In November of 2013 Metric were appointed by Carillion as HAL’s Logistics centre for the new terminal. This originally involved 500 pallets going through our warehouse which we needed to pick, pack and deliver to the airport via the CLC Logistics Centre in Colnbrook. This duly increased to 700 pallets!
Our air-side passes facilitated the process and we were able to station an on-site team (ranging from 4 to 10 people) at the airport to meet the daily deliveries and fix and fit everything into place.
The project was not just a challenge due to the enormity of the building itself but also due to the diversity of the product requirement which ranged from ride-on floor cleaners, escalator cleaners, defibrillators, crockery and cutlery, sanitary bins, recycle bins, golf bags, pushchairs and marquees to medical equipment/screens, barriers, stationery, computers, pcs, vending machines even teddy bears! We installed workstations and miles and miles of anti-fatigue matting. The list goes on and on. Goods worth several millions passed through our warehouse and were delivered to the airport with no loss and no damage.
By the time T2 opened it had undergone 182 trials involving 14,000 people and we played an integral part in making these happen moving drinks, food, trolleys, wheelchairs and even people around!! The team were even there to assist with the opening of the terminal by Her Majesty the Queen on 24th June.
Our involvement continues indefinitely in the day to day operations  – at least until the last of the 25 airlines have moved in.
This is what our client had to say about us!
“On behalf of Oxcal and Heathrow Airport Limited I would like to thank Metric and all their wonderful staff for their professional, patient and outstanding approach to the project. It has been a full-on battle to supply and fit the terminal out ready for the opening on 4th June. We as a team succeeded and executed in proud fashion.
This massive achievement would have not been possible without Metric being onboard.
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you all”
Vernon Rozycki
FF&E Manager
Operational Readiness – Terminal 2

Heathrow T2 – prepared for take-off

Some months ago Metric won a competitive tender to secure the logistics/fulfilment contract for Heathrow Terminal 2. The contract was awarded to us by Carillion as part of the £2.5 billion refurbishment project, Metric being the natural choice of partner due to our vast experience in working in and around the airport and the fact that we have approved air-side access.
Over the course of these last months we have had a dedicated team of warehouse staff receiving and dispatching goods required for the fit-out of the terminal and a team of fitters based at the terminal itself installing and fixing the goods as necessary to complete the project in time for tomorrow’s opening.
It has been an enormous task which has been fraught with challenges along the way given the huge scale of the operation. We have been tested to the extreme but we are proud to have been a part of such a monumental project. The team most certainly delivered the extremely high level of customer service that Metric are renowned for.
Throughout the process we received ever stranger and more outlandish requests and found ourselves sourcing items such as guitar cases, golf bags, car seats and walking sticks as part of the numerous trials that have taken place over the last six months involving more than 14,000 volunteer travellers – there was never a dull moment.
We wish everybody at T2 every success when it opens tomorrow with its first flight – a United Airlines service from Chicago due to land just  before 6am tomorrow morning.


We completed our most far flung installation yet this month!

We love a challenge and this one certainly was! The job consisted of 68 bench workstations with pedestals and wire management all made by West Sussex Office Furniture Ltd.

On 27th February we loaded the container and sent it off on its 3,443 mile journey from Egham to Times Square, New York City. Due to bad weather, both here and there, the arrival of the shipment was slightly delayed but we sent our fitter, Adrian Norfor, to oversee the job and deal with all eventualities! He was charged with managing a local team of assemblers to ensure that Metric’s high service and delivery standards were achieved.

We had worked with our client, Sunrise Brokers, before when we delivered and installed 105 workstations overnight at their central London based offices. They were thrilled with the job we did for them so we had a lot to live up to!

This time the location was a high rise building on Times Square and the office space was on the 25th floor. The goods were finally delivered late evening and the team worked through the night to ensure the job was completed on time!


We are pleased to say that our client was once again delighted with the end result –

“Thank you very much for an excellent job with the furniture, the finished product is even better than I imagined. Despite all the hurdles we had with the local delivery company the end job is a true testament of Adrian’s ability to get a job done under time pressure. Thanks again for a job very well done. “
John Trears, Chief Operating Officer, Sunrise Brokers LLC.

Goes to show that no job is too big or small, too far or too high for Metric Interiors!!

Metric lands Clarke Recruitment Refurbishment

Works commenced this week at Haleworth House, Egham for our client Clarke Recruitment Solutions.

We are delighted to be working with Clarke Recruitment as they are a young, forward thinking company who are bucking the trend in the recruitment sector. Unlike the rest who are primarily retail based Clarke Recruitment are able to move to office premises due to their cutting edge approach to recruitment interviewing which involves video conferencing with employers and candidates.

This unique approach means that flexible, multi-purpose meeting areas have been incorporated including open plan soft seating areas and also a media video conference wall within a partitioned meeting room.

This exciting project involves stripping out the 52 square metres of floor space and completely fit out the area including partitioning, decoration, carpet, air conditioning, ceiling, lighting and furniture.

Over the course of the next couple of weeks we will keep you posted with progress.

Metric Interiors – proud to be part of an award winning project

The UK Rail Industry Awards are the most prestigious of the rail industry. There were a staggering 239 entries submitted across the 18 categories of this year keeping UKRIA’s pan-industry panel of independent judges very busy over the festive season. 
Network Rail was nominated for the Reading Station Area Redevelopment (RSAR) Project in the ‘Outstanding Large Projects Category. It’ was nominated for its sheer scale, strategic importance, technical and logistic complexity, and as an exemplar in collaborative working and innovation. – and we are delighted to say they were announced overall winners at the awards ceremony on 20th January in London. 
The evening is always the must-attend event in the UK rail industry, as some 600 people attended to the hard work and achievement of organisations, teams and individuals working tirelessly to deliver an efficient and robust rail network which continues to be one of the safest in Europe.
We would like to congratulate Network Rail for their well-deserved award and everybody else involved in this amazing project.

Metric makes an impressive entrance at Attenda

Attenda is one of the UK’s leading managed services and cloud platform providers. Such a modern and progressive company needs to make absolutely the right impression and so when it came to refurbishing their reception area they came to Metric.

The entire area of 200 square metres was stripped bare to accommodate the meeting suite, reception and new kitchen/canteen area. The project was in three phases over a period of three weeks to avoid any disruption to business and the end result is quite simply stunning.
Metric moved walls and reconfigured the entire reception area ceiling and lighting to incorporate soft seating areas including semi-private meeting pods all in vibrant colours to coordinate with the feature walls. A bespoke reception desk takes centre stage with white and zebrano finishing to complement the contemporary space. It is most certainly a multi-functional area now which gives a suitably impressive welcome to clients and customers. We look forward to working with Attenda again soon.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the kitchen/reception refresh, it has been a great success and looks fab.” Jane Bradbury, Facilities Co-ordinator.

New HQ for Globe Air Cargo at Westpoint

Work is under way this week on a number of  projects. One of which is Globe Air Cargo who are moving to first floor office at Westpoint, Heathrow.

In preparation for the imminent arrival of the HQ staff we are carrying out a complete refit of the office area including the reconfiguration of electrics, decorating, flooring, partitioning and blinds.

The open- plan offices will be home to 20 workstations which will be installed by us together with a partitioned office and print area.

Progress to date has been good and completion is set to be both on time and on budget.

Finished shots to follow…..

Chertsey HQ on schedule despite local flooding!

Despite wide spread disruption to the local area due to the flooding,work continues on-schedule at Townends’ headquarters in Chertsey.

Metric have made quick work reconfiguring the area over two floors to incorporate a meeting room, training room, cellular offices, open plan work area and tea points.

Over the course of a week we have reconfigured air conditioning and electrics, fixed partitioning, redecorated and removed the existing flooring ready for re-carpeting and for the arrival of their new furniture.

Works should be completed over the course of the next couple of weeks in preparation for the arrival of their staff – we’ll keep you posted! 

Richmond Housing quirky training rooms complete!!

Following the successful refurbishment of their Teddington offices Metric were invited to create and install new and innovative training/meeting areas with a particular focus on flexible use of space. Each room was given a very different design treatment creating areas suitable to various meeting requirements.

The three rooms were named The Lab, The Forest and The Space.

The Lab is a bright, quirky, ‘clinical’ space. The combination of a  large presentation wall, conference seating, re-configurable tabling, soft seating and storage allows for the configuration of a number of distinct meeting facilities – formal and informal. The mood created by the room design is conducive to focussed thought productivity.

The Forest is a quiet, reflective and relaxed environment. Digital wall covering and mirrored walls are incorporated for dramatic effect and combined with grass textured carpet you are transported to the great outdoors escaping the normal office constraints and allowing for creative thought and conversation. Soft seating throughout in muted tones reflect the flowers of the forest and further adds to the escapism of the environment.

The Space is a relaxed, informal area with white brick walls and stripy floors incorporating hot desking for internet access, games consoles and table football. It is a chill out area inspiring creative thought and collaborative discussion.

The Maltese Job

We have now completed the furniture installation for Tundas in Valletta, Malta.Tundas is a UK based Asia corporate advisory and consulting firm who are opening a new office in Malta’s capital. They approached us to develop for them a workspace solution which incorporates all British manufactured furniture for 16 staff in their colonial style, waterfront building.
Metric responded with a design in-keeping with the traditional style of the building which uses styled walnut veneer furniture from Sven. The plan included a high quality boardroom facility (with 3.5m table), directors and operations offices.
The container left our warehouse in Egham and was shipped the 1800 miles across the Mediterranean to Valletta where it was met by two of our fitters who undertook the arduous task of building and installing the furniture in the sunshine!!
They must have done a good job because we received the following from our client Cathy Corner;
“I have heard from Richard that the installation went superbly well – he was SO impressed with how everything was managed! Thank you! The owners of the building in the office above ours came down and could not believe what had happened in such a short space of time to achieve the look we have achieved – I cannot thank you enough! Please also thank Adrian and Peter – Richard says they were fantastic and deserve a mention in dispatches!”


Kyocera Manchester – Video Case Study

Thanks to everybody who passed on positive comment about our recent video case study for Adelie Foods. It proved to be popular with many and so here’s another.
This showcases the fit out of Kyocera Document Solution’s new sales office and showroom in Manchester. Kyocera is one of the world’s leading document solutions companies, We had worked with them previously when creating their state of the art London showroom so we were delighted to have been part of this equally high spec fit-out.
We finished the Kyocera project back in July in time for its official opening to celebrate the company’s 25 years in the UK.
We look forward to bringing you more of our projects in video format and welcome your comments.

Metric moves to Malta

Previous jobs have taken the Metric installation team to France, Germany and Belgium but never as far afield as Malta!
Tundas is a UK based Asia corporate advisory and consulting firm who are opening a new office in Malta’s capital, Valleta. They approached us to develop for them a workspace solution which incorporates all British manufactured furniture for 16 staff in their colonial style, waterfront building in Valletta.
Metric responded with a design in keeping with the traditional style of the building which uses styled walnut veneer furniture from Sven. The plan includes a high quality boardroom facility (with 3.5m table), directors and operations offices.
The container is booked and the furniture will be shipped the 1800 miles across the Mediterranean to Valletta where it will be met by two of our fitters who will install.
Watch this space for further updates!