Flexibility in design, superb quality and the ability to manufacture to extremely tight timescales are what sets Farrell Furniture apart from its competitors. Many claim to be the best but few deliver on time again and again. This was a major deciding factor with one of the UK Leading specialist developers of Student and Private Rental accommodation Watkin Jones Plc.
Having completed three major schemes totalling almost 1000 bedrooms in 2014/2015 for Watkin Jones, the Bangor-based business approached us towards the middle of 2015 regarding its significant future roll our programme.
After many months of factory visits, proto-type samples and complete room set discussions, we were finally awarded the contract to supply 5 major projects totalling over 2500 bedrooms and 500 kitchens across the majority of the Watkin Jones new projects.
Careful attention was paid in particular to product design and Farrell Furniture worked extensively with the client design team Jasper Sanders and partners to come up with a clever furniture solution that utilised common and shared component across all 5 schemes. Modular fitted furniture was based upon contrasting Grey, white and Natural Lancaster Oak, and the three finishes were edged with a Plywood effect “multiplex edging”. Generous wardrobe storage, plenty of shelving and a spacious small double bed with flexible under bed access were just a few of the many benefits designed into this stunning new concept in accommodation furniture.
Likewise, the kitchen furniture designs were stylish and simple, with soft-close drawers, soft-close heavy duty hinges, and a specially-commissioned high pressure laminate worktop and splash back as the centre piece of the communal cluster design and the individual studio kitchenettes. Once again, the design and colour palette was based around a combination of contrasting Grey, White and Natural Lancaster Oak finishes.
Installation of all 5 schemes represented a challenge for Farrell, with the first of the 2016 roll-out commencing in November with the final scheme in Bristol due for completion in August 2016. In recognition of the fantastic relationship between both companies, Farrell has already secured commitments from Watkin Jones for a number of major student and Private rental schemes for 2017 and beyond.