Waikato Regional Council is a government body based in Hamilton with over 500 staff that works closely with communities, iwi and
industry to sustainably manage natural resources, enabling a strong economy and a high quality of life for all. Their activities help look
after the region's water, soil, air, geothermal areas and coasts – so these precious resources can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Waikato Regional Council (WRC) has recently relocated from Hamilton East into the central city to their new premises on the corner of Tristram and Ward Streets, and we were lucky enough to work with them to refresh their furniture for their impressive new space.
The process of working with WRC started in 2018 for Modern Office, and as one of our largest projects to date, we’re extremely proud to see this come to fruition. Partnering with Brian Squair and Alex Dunnigan from Chow:Hill Architects and Kevin Marsh, Property and Project Consulting’s Interiors Project Manager, we took on board Chow Hill’s vision for WRC's new agile workspace.
Incorporating bespoke workplace strategic thinking, Chow:Hill collaborated with Modern Office to deliver a unique working environment for WRC. The Interior colour palette was based on the natural environment within the Waikato Regional Council’s catchment from Land to Sea. Each level has a different theme including Whenua (land), Awa (river) and Moana (sea), and we provided cost-effective fabrics and finishes on their furniture to complement the themes and overall colour palette.
As well as providing the new furniture, Modern Office assisted in relocating and installing WRC’s existing furniture as part of the overall project. Kevin from Property and Project Consulting (PPC) says “a feature of the service provided by Modern Office was the cooperation and support they provided during the installation phase, their on-site crew were outstanding and delivery of new furniture and installation of existing furniture was achieved on time, every time.”
By creating prototype workstation settings to trial our desk and storage products, a final list of key furniture items was chosen which achieved the desired functionality and look, all within the council’s budget. The items were chosen to enable comfort and productivity amongst WRC’s staff members, and included:
Height adjustable desks which are a must-have in today’s modern office. These offer flexibility and movement while working, leading to increased productivity and well-being. Tidy cable management ensured the space was free of clutter and organised, and monitor arms were utilised for an ergonomic desk set-up.
Eon chairs in WRC’s Chamber provided freshness and colour. With it’s back curve, holistic body and
contemporary design, this seating option offers the perfect combination of comfort and style. Easily stackable, the Eon chair is a great
choice for cafes, education establishments or other communal areas.
The Everest flip table with built-in power provides fast and easy versatility that businesses, conferences or educational workspaces demand, and these were utilised in WRC’s meeting room. Their simple flip mechanism allows them to be stored away for space-saving and castor wheels allow easy portability.
The Ava chair is an elegant, minimal armchair. The overall contour of the chair reflects the curve of the human body, providing users with a comfortable seating experience. Ava’s vertical ribs on the surface are inspired by the texture of a shell. It is suitable for reception or visitor areas, cafes, restaurants and meeting rooms.
Waikato Regional Council’s new premises reflect their values with an understated yet uplifting style, and promises a functional and future-proofed workplace for the years to come. Kevin from PPC adds, “Modern Office provided a range of height adjustable desking, storage and meeting room furniture for our WRC project. We found the team to be cooperative and flexible during the final negotiation and fine-tuning phase, and the risk management they applied during the Covid-19 lockdown meant we were kept informed of delivery progress.”
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Matt Stevenson / CEO / HSM Group
"HSM are delighted with the service received from Modern Office in undertaking the office furniture project for its new premises. The furniture suggested looks amazing and provides the right levels of space and storage as well as looking great. Their delivery and setup, as well as the communication with them and the prompt response has been fantastic and we would highly recommend them."
Kevin Marsh / Interior fit-out Project Manager / Property and Project Consulting Ltd
“Modern Office provided a range of height-adjustable desking, storage, and meeting room furniture for our WRC project. We found the team to be cooperative and flexible, and the risk management they applied during the Covid-19 lockdown meant we were kept informed of progress. A feature of the service provided was the support they provided during the installation phase, their on-site crew was outstanding and delivery and installation of furniture was achieved on time, every time.”
Kate / Chow Hill Architects Ltd
"The service I received as an interior designer is of a very high standard with extremely competitive pricing and a large and impressive range of furniture. I use Modern Office for the majority of my projects."
Annmarie Lee / General Manager Growers / Seeka
"Working with Modern Office was a really good experience. We required a complete fit out of new furniture for our new premises and I would go as far as to say they were the best contractor we used in the whole build. The service was outstanding – very professional and approachable. We are very happy with the products and the advice provided, and the staff feedback has been positive. I have already recommended Modern Office to others."
Melissa McBride / Office Manager / Hawkins
"We were extremely happy with everything. Very efficient and hassle free. Thanks heaps to you and your team for all your help."
Kieron Wain / National Projects Manager / SSA New Zealand
"Please pass on my thanks to your team…they did a great job! They removed every bit of wrapping…I couldn’t tell they had been there it was that tidy. They asked for guidance where the desks needed to be placed and went about their business until the job was completed…very professional. Thanks for your support."