Ranne completes major design and build project for the Home Builders Federation
Ranne Creative Interiors, the specialist interior design and build company, has completed a relocation and design and build project for the Home Builders Federation, the representative body of the house building industry in England and Wales.
The project, which was won under a competitive tender and finished in February 2014, saw Ranne design and build a new workplace for HBF and help them relocate from Byron House, 7-9 St James's Street, London.
The property at 27 Broadwall in Borough was chosen as HBF's new London home. The 2,600 sq. ft. building has four floors, was built 25 years ago, has a warm, light and airy feel, and is just a 10-minute walk from Waterloo station for staff to regularly travel to meetings with government departments in Westminster.
During the 11-week refurbishment phase, HBF worked closely with Ranne to ensure that the building was future-proofed and that major items of building maintenance were addressed. Ranne completed major repairs to the roof, upgraded the smoke alarm system and air-conditioning, refurbished the toilets and replaced the shower facilities.
On 28th February 2014, on schedule, 24 staff moved into their stunning new home, HBF House. The ground floor is now home to HBF's sister organisation, Housebuilder Media Ltd (HBM), a media and events business, which produces Housebuilder magazine. HBM's space was designed quite differently from the other three floors. It has a blue feel, to match the magazine's logo, and white benchdesking, which provides a collaborative feel to the space. Roller racking was installed to house the back catalogue of magazines. There is also a huge writing wall to brainstorm ideas, and a TV.
A neutral-looking white, back and grey colour scheme is used throughout the rest of the building, reflecting the more traditional ethos of HBF. On the first floor there is the main reception area plus some staff desks and a small meeting room. The second floor is home to the meeting room suite. This can hold at least 24 people and can be separated by a moveable partition into 16-person and eight-person meeting rooms. The third floor is the key space and houses the majority of HBF staff. The floor's magnificent vaulted ceiling lets the light stream in and offers partial views of the London Eye.
We are delighted to have worked on this prestigious project for the Home Builders Federation, said Roy Parrish, managing director of Ranne. 'the project has been a real success. The work was carried out in a smooth, undisruptive fashion, the project ran to schedule and HBF staff seem pleased to have a modern office building that meets all of their requirements. Another great job well done.