The Brief

We were invited to tender through the NEUPC contract to supply furniture for the high profile Nexus building, a new build £40m Innovation and Enterprise Centre designed to enhance the University's collaboration with business, research and innovation with particular focus on health, data, environment and engineering.

The 10,000sqm facility provides dynamic office and laboratory accommodation for technology-led companies and the University's Research & Innovation Service making Nexus a vibrant innovation community. The building's facilities include 60 lettable offices of varying sizes, wet & dry labs, a 120 seat lecture theatre, digital exhibition centre, flexible seminar suites and meeting rooms with break out zones, cafe, collaboration space and an exclusive business lounge.

The Solution

We put together our most competitive bid then provided samples of key elements for the Nexus Project team to assess.

Working with Amanda and her install team from Wagstaff on Nexus, has been efficient and professional throughout.  They have reacted to issues and resolved them without hesitation, which makes for smoother install.  They have worked hard at meeting the deadlines and given us sufficient information on all phases of the installation.  It has been a success scheme for both the University and Wagstaff. Penny Tiffney - University Of Leeds

Project Insight

Once awarded, we established a good working relationship with the Main Contractor and the Interior Design and Project team.

We worked closely with the Interior Designer to finalise product selections and finishes to deliver their design scheme within the furniture package budget.

We also provided furniture for a Marketing Suite to assist in securing future tenants for Nexus.

Challenges

Deliveries were phased floor by floor and we were quick to react and accommodate a changing running order. Our install team gained a good relationship with the other members of the Project team.

Our Project Manager was on site regularly to ensure everything ran smoothly and that any changes were accommodated and communicated effectively.

Each floor was signed off during a walk round meeting at the end of each phase. Any issues, such as floor box positioning and site access restrictions, were discussed with the Project team and a solution agreed to keep the project on track.


Client Perspective

How was your experience working with Wagstaff? The Nexus project was the first scheme that we have worked upon with Wagstaff.  We found that working with Amanda and the team, to be very efficient and professional.  They made us aware of any issues and resolved any problems that occurred during install. The installation team were quick to respond to any changes that were made during install.  They were patient and polite and consistent throughout the five week install. The University saw the furniture scheme supplied by Wagstaff as a success.

What did you like about us? The install team remained the same throughout the full five weeks, they were therefore knowledgeable about the scheme and could respond to any changes made on site. Having Amanda there throughout to check and keep a check on the scheme was reassuring.

How did you find the process? The process from initial engagement to completion has been constantly smooth.  Amanda has kept us informed of any issues and been quick to respond to concerns.

Were they any positive unexpected things that we did that exceeded your expectations? Amendments to the layouts were made by the client during install and Wagstaff responded to these requests quickly and with diligence.

Why did you choose to work with us? Wagstaff presented a winning furniture scheme at tender stage, which was both cost effective and offered design quality in the products.

Penny Tiffney - Senior Interior  Architectural Designer - University of Leeds
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