Concept To Reality - Willis Towers Watson

The Reception Desk


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One of the undoubted highlights from Willis Towers Watson case study is the bespoke, 12m long reception desk designed and manufactured by our team here at Thorpes, and it presented a rather unique challenge.

Beginning its development at our previous site in Great Glen, the desk transitioned with us across to the new manufacturing facility in Market Harborough, where it was completed. In fact, you can see the desk appear towards the end of our trimmed down timelapse video below! 

This 12m long desk combines oak veneered lower fronts with a hand formed Corian raised counter top, all completely manufactured in house and the combination of solid surfaces and timber has created a stunning result.

 Corian was chosen in particular for this desk to help mould and form the solid surface to suit the non-linear shape and design of the desk's joinery element. The two materials compliment each other well, and help to reflect Willis Towers Watson's strong company culture. 

Being the most prominent furtniutre item is many offices, it's important for the reception desk to not only represent the company, but to uphold a professional first impression for clients

The size, style, and timescale of this truly specialist joinery item was a challenge, but a fantastic task to kick off life in our Market Harborough HQ. Beginning at our old site and finishing in our new facility before being taken to site in London was our first glimpse into our new and improved capabilities, and we are delighted with the end result.

Read more about our project for Willis Towers Watson here.


Health & Safety Manager Joins Thorpes

We are delighted to have recently appointed a new Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager.


We are delighted to have recently appointed a new Health, Safety, and Environmental Manager.

As with any industry, health & safety is a crucial element throughout all stages of the construction process. A healthy workplace and a healthy workforce is key to all of our future endeavors.  To that end we are delighted that Kristal has joined our team as our dedicated Health, Safety and Environmental Manger. Kristal's role is not only to support Thorpes Joinery in managing the safety of our employees, but to implement our vision for a healthy workplace and workforce.

Kristal has a wealth of experience developed over 10 years of working within the construction and manufacturing industry with a proven track record of reducing injury and illness in heavy engineering and construction environments.  

 

We wish Kristal the best of luck with her new role !

“It’s a very satisfying job, the workplace has a significant impact on people’s daily lives, health and general well-being. Being able to make improvements in these areas is incredibly rewarding. The commitment and values shown by the Thorpes leadership to make these advances is why I was so interested in joining the Team”
— Kristal, our newest member of the team

Kristal's interest in working for Thorpes stemmed from our company values: "Thorpes are a company that cares, and that's so important for the health and safety of employees"

We wish Kristal the best of luck with her new role!


Work Experience at Thorpes

We actively promote our relationships with local schools, and we are delighted to have recently welcomed several students to complete  work experience placements with us here at Thorpes. After being given a design brief to manufacture an item of their choice at the start of the week, the students followed the entire process from start to finish.  From discussing the process with our factory manager to manufacturing with the factory team, the students had the opportunity to see the key stages of the joinery operation whilst gaining their first glimpse into the working world!

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When chatting to the students about why they chose construction for their work experience, it was interesting to see their thoughts on their future in the industry. One student in particular had a strong interest in one of her school subjects, Design Technology, and decided to use her work experience to gain an insight into a company who possesses both design and manufacture elements. We were sure to place them with our design team as well as production to maximise the value gained out of the experience.

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Draughtsman Josiah has spent a large amount of time with the students in the office, sharing his knowledge of design and instructing them on how to best utilise the software to ensure synergy between design and the factory floor.

They all got on really well, quickly picking up the software basics of sketching and 3D features after a few demonstrations. They produced some impressive and accurate models of the items they’d made in the factory, taking the concepts from a paper sketch through to a model and a construction drawing. Towards the end, given some free reign, they got creative and used the tools to generate items ranging from a floating 3D logo to the basic outline of a 4x4
— Josiah, Thorpes Draughtsman

We hope the students enjoyed their time here at Thorpes and we wish them the best of luck with their futures in construction!

If you'd like to learn more about our work experience and job opportunities please feel free to contact us.

Behind The Scenes: Our Own Offices


Bringing all departments under one roof....

Our factory space has seen drastic improvements across the board and our new office space has also seen significant improvements. Since the move, we have combined departments that were previously over several sites under one roof, greatly increasing our efficiency and productivity.

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The new bespoke, custom designed features of our offices include:

  • Open plan ceilings (not suspended) to add a modern and industrial feel to the office interior. The metal features of the open plan style with the suspended lights brings a light, positive, and motivating atmosphere to the space.
  • Acoustic fabric panels dividing desks and situated throughout the floor help with the acoustics, creating a more balanced environment whilst adding a stylish element. 
  • Extra desk space with the intention of expanding and growing departments; with several new members of staff already moving in to these spaces.
  • Modern tea points in both lower and upper office spaces to reflect the feel of our working environment and showcase our own production capabilities.

Although the design and layout of our offices has changed, many elements have remained the same. Since being located in a much larger office space, our factory manager hasn't changed from his previous notice board filing system, he has just gained some extra space to expand for new projects!