- Over a period of just four months, Vanarama’s new HQ was converted from a vacant building into a 21st Century, cutting-edge business facility.
BOOMING Vanarama has unveiled its new headquarters, transformed from a vacant building into a cutting-edge business facility fit for the 21st Century.
By early 2016, it was becoming apparent that Vanarama’s fast growth as a team – although a clear sign of the company’s successes – was overwhelming its then-current office facilities. New premises were needed, not only to house a larger team, but to give them the facilities they need to continue providing our customers with top-class customer service.
Vanarama CEO and founder Andy Alderson said: “Of all stages of our incredible growth, this has probably been the most bold and complex. Notwithstanding the structural and ecological improvements required to create an excellent 21st century building, we also had to cater for an exponential growth in staff and the services and products that we offer.”
The new HQ features a range of new spaces including an on-site café (Caférama), the latest training facilities to help staff develop their skillsets, and huge and vibrant sales floors that feature high-tech visual technology feeding real-time data to everyone in the company.
This visual technology was designed by RMG and implemented across the building. The system links directly with the company’s sales data, and telephone and CRM systems, taking the information generated and live updating videowalls in the offices. The displays present leader boards and sales statistics to the team in an engaging way.
Andy adds: “We have ambitious growth plans, and these new offices are essential in bringing the teams together in an environment that reflects a customer-orientated and collaborative approach. As we grow, we want to use the latest technology to our advantage, and employing live communications throughout the office increases the level of responsibility within the team – a key part of the core ethos of the company.”
Prior to purchase, the two-storey 2,000sqm building – which would become Vanarama’s new HQ – had stood empty for four years. Consequently, the entire infrastructure – in particular the electrics, heating and ventilation – needed replacing. Throughout the design phase, Yellow Yoyo’s Bryan Wright worked closely with Andy on every aspect of the design.
Andy said: “I couldn’t think of a better company to work with to ensure that this all happened than Yellow Yoyo, who have been instrumental in our brand’s development and with whom we have a fantastic working relationship.
“They worked very closely with us to perfect all elements of the planning and design, choice of finishes and overall look and feel. Their design and innovation, project management and support throughout this complex process was exemplary.”
All contractors were agreed in August 2016 and site works began in September. The tender and negotiation process culminated in the formation of a top team of consultants and contractors, and resulted in the project being completed in the shortest time possible under the project management of Bryan and main contractor Dom Naylor of Flow Solutions.
Contractors were given the ambitious programme of construction completion within four months, in readiness for a planned opening in early 2017 – and they succeeded in style.