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Future-proof flexibility for leading asset management company

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Earlier this year, we were delighted to take on a supportive role alongside OBI Property to help make their design vision a reality in transforming the workspace of a leading asset management company in Manchester city centre. The first stage of the project is officially complete and we’re excited to now be sharing it with you…

OBI is a niche firm of chartered surveyors serving the commercial property market in Manchester and specialising in office leasing. The company never fails to keep their finger on the pulse of the latest trends, industry insights and developments – a mantra we also share here at Penketh Group and one which we were able to apply when furnishing the office design scheme with the best possible products to fit the brief.

  • Sectors: Asset Management
  • Project Type: Furniture
  • Project Date: August 2019


Nicky Woods, Workplace Consultancy OBI Property

“Working with the guys at Penketh Group on this project was an absolute pleasure – from various sessions at their furniture showroom where we were able to see products in person and seamless quoting, to being available over the phone whenever we needed them. A big thanks to Paul, James and the team for their support in making our design for the workspace come to life with excellent furniture knowledge and recommendations.”

Our involvement with this project extended to the competitive quoting of products via our network of partners and manufacturers, as well as offering strategic suggestions around which specific commercial furniture and integrated workplace technology we felt would achieve both the customer’s and the designer’s ambition for the space.

Following multiple visits to our Manchester showroom to see our work settings and recommended products in action, we were successful in putting forward a range of innovative and flexible products which we believe will help the customer remain flexible and adaptable going forward, future-proofing their working environment as it continues to evolve.

Steelcase‘s Bivi desking (pictured above) and Mediascape are perfect examples of this forward-thinking approach to furniture and tech.  Bivi appealed as it’s a modular desk product which can be built on or reconfigured according to space or requirement – this might be to accommodate more staff as the company grows, for example. Mediascape was chosen for the project for how it enhances collaboration and idea-sharing among employees.

We also provided a range of furniture products for a canteen, private focus areas and a range of touchdown spaces which again, facilitate agile and collaborative working among staff. This combined a mixture of soft and hard seating, at a variety of heights and levels in order to ensure the workspace remains inclusive and diverse.

We are now in the quoting process for a secondary stage of the transformation and are thrilled to be supporting OBI once again in bringing their fantastic designs to life.


Paul Mann, Sales Director Penketh Group

“We’re incredibly proud to be working with OBI as they’re one of the most reputable commercial property companies in the city. We share many of the same values as a company and are delighted to be working in collaboration with them. Our team enjoyed hosting showroom visits and offering our expertise around furniture and workplace tech to make the design vision a reality. We’re now looking forward to the next phase of the project!”

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