Cost-engineered furniture consultancy for JTI Manchester office fit out

Colourful well lit hallway with bespoke lighting and breakout spaces

We were recently selected as furniture consultant by CBRE and commercial construction specialists, TMT to help bring an interior design scheme scheme by TP Bennett to life for end-client, JTI. As a UK Top Employer with a strong focus on people investment and wellbeing, a workspace that supports its users is key for JTI. Keep reading to learn more about how we partnered with with the project team to fulfil a high-spec, cost-engineered furniture portfolio.

  • Project Type

    Furniture Consultancy

  • Date

    March 2024

  • Sector

    Commercial Offices

  • Value


“Working with Penketh Group’s interiors team on the project for JTI was such a refreshingly easy and hassle-free process. It really helped make the whole project run smoothly. We completed the job on time and with only a handful of small snags, which was fantastic. The team suggested brilliant options for the furniture spec and allowed us to get great value for money - for the end-client too”

Jerome Broderick, Commercial Manager, TMT Group

Alternative furniture options with a focus on value

Penketh Group’s interiors team consulted on the designer’s furniture specification for the space to provide alternative options for the portfolio where value could be added. This exercise was carried out with budget in mind as cost-effectiveness was an important part of the brief for the end-client.

One of the products we put forward as part of the cost engineering process was a Humanscale chair, which reduced spend but also introduced the added benefit of high-level sustainability credentials.

Bespoke furniture pieces to fit the client’s workspace

Working with TP Bennett’s technical design drawings, Penketh Group’s interiors team incorporated a number of bespoke furniture pieces tailor-made to the dimensions of JTI’s space.

These elements included:

Bespoke Narbutas COMBUS shelving systems

Designed to display decor items such as indoor plants but also to define ‘hidden zones’ in a more innovative, visually appealing way. This was something the client was keen to incorporate, so we devised an effective solution that met budget requirements and configuration efficiency.

Bespoke storage units

Measured and built to fit with a range of desk clusters to divide the space neatly and also to provide each cluster of three with its own storage space.

Bespoke programmable lockers

Designed to provide space users with somewhere to secure their belongings securely and built to fit the space with custom plinths for a polished finish

Bespoke ergonomic desking

Designed to provide a multi-functional desk option in each meeting room, with one side offering a standard static desk and the other side with a height-adjustable option. This gives staff more ergonomic choice when it comes to how they choose to work throughout the day


“Collaborating with such a talented project team made our job seamless for the first phase of the JTI project. The potential for the space is incredible, and we eagerly anticipate the commencement of the second phase later this year. ”

Chris Penketh, Sales Director, Penketh Group

Phase 2 of the project: pending

Over the coming months, Penketh Group’s interiors team will be working on phase 2 of the project with CBRE, TMT and TP Bennett. This will encompass another wing in JTI’s Manchester-based workspace, so keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment – coming soon.


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