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FIL Furniture: Making it work for the community and the planet

For over a decade Crown New Zealand has worked closely with The Salvation Army, or The Sallies as they’re fondly known. We regard them as our most valued community partners.  

Recently our FIL Furniture division were delighted to sponsor a full office redesign and fit out for them. Find out how the Sallies offices were transformed from dull and lifeless to a spectacular new environment, all with upcycled furniture.   

“The FIL team were honoured and privileged to be able to assist in a small way to the incredible work that The Salvation Army undertakes on behalf of the disadvantaged in our communities – and likewise support the wonderful people within The Salvation Army that do so much for so many.” Aaron Temperton, General Manager – FIL Furniture

Who is The Salvation Army

Since 1883 The Salvation Army have been supporting kiwis in need. They are an organisation that care for people, transform lives and reform society. Every year the Sallies help more than 120,000 kiwi families and individuals in need with budgeting advice, transitional housing, food and clothing assistance, life skills and other social programmes.  

The Project Brief

At the forefront of this project was the Sallies commitment to the environment and playing their part in the zero waste ‘circular economy’. The reception area had a generous space with small waiting chairs that look tired and dated. The central workspace was confined with offices either side and partition screens that enclosed the work area.

The challenge was to open up the space, add additional work stations and create a more modern and collaborative working environment, which moves away from the confines of the cubicle but also provides a degree of privacy.

FIL Furniture’s Upcycling Solution

Our National Furniture Manager, Rhiannon Sims managed and coordinated the project from start to finish. This included the initial brief, the spatial layout design, supply of upcycled furniture, advice on office functionality, the delivery and installation of all furniture and the office relocation of staff and their equipment. The end-piece of the project was the ethical clearance and disposal of the old furniture.

Planning the New Office Layout

FIL’s  spatial design team took into consideration adequate space for office furniture and storage while mapping out permanent fixtures such as structural columns and beams, internal glass walls, power supply and fire egress.  A primary consideration was to find a way to access power to each desk, given the previous design had cables running through the partition screens. The old screens were no longer required so this was a challenge. The Sallies were finally presented with design and furniture options based upon functionality, look and feel. Furniture was then sourced from the FIL upcycled (second-hand) range.

Delivering the Project

The relocation team cleared the site with precision and speed, dismantling the existing furniture and ceiling fixtures. Once transported back to the FIL warehouse, the furniture items went through our upcycling and recycling process to ensure nothing went to landfill. With a full brief and layout in plan the install team did the delivery, lay-out, assembled the furniture and installed the new ceiling droppers.

Here’s further information about the furniture items:

  • Desks – electric, multi-purpose to be used for sitting or standing. Other desktops were cut down and re-edged.
  • Desk screens – upcycled screens were cut to size and recovered in new fabric to match the corporate colours. These provide privacy and  sound proofing.
  • Dual monitor arms – these enable more usable desk space with the monitor screens being raised form the desk top on a single pole.
  • Cabling – modern, flexible cable hosing was used to feed power to each station.
  • Storage – lockable units at the end of each desk and mobile drawers placed under desks. These provide security and keep the area tidy and clutter free.
  • Cabinets – multi use cabinets were positioned outward facing with direct access.  These enable  both suspension and upright filing
  • Task chairs with three lever ergonomic function and superior comfort level with great lumbar support.
  • Soft seating – the reception was transformed with a range of soft seating, a mix of modern armchairs and sofas with a stylish all white  reception counter and matching storage.

The Outcome

FIL Furniture delivered a new and refreshed workspace, ahead of schedule with little disruption.  We did everything in house with our specialist design, clearance, remodelling and installation teams. This was an environmentally ethical project using upcycled office furniture to transform the office space with modern and high quality furniture.

“It was a pleasure to work with The Salvation Army on this project and to donate our resources. The opening was particularly special, I was truly humbled by the amazing prayer, song and the heartfelt words of thanks that were expressed.” Rhiannon Sims – FIL Furniture Manager

“Wow, it’s amazing. So stylish, so functional, so environmentally responsible and all so painless in terms of the install. When people heard about it being a donation they were amazed and impressed. Thanks for making this happen.” Ngā mihi nui Camille Astbury | The Salvation Army

Whatever challenge you face you can be assured that FIL Furniture have the expertise, infrastructure and experience to collaborate and assist. Contact FIL today and find out why we are considered the very best in the second hand office furniture business. Phone: 0800 333 131 or email: [email protected]

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