We have just successfully completed a prestigious moveable wall scheme for Chubb Insurance in Paris in November 2013.
Their offices are based in the 9th arrondissement, which is well-known for its beautiful historic buildings. Niche has worked with Chubb and our partners at RJ Furniture before in the UK so we were pleased to be working with the company again, this time in their French offices.
In order to make sure this complex sliding wall project went like clockwork, we sent our managing director, Lee Darbyshire, to assist with logistics and generally oversee the project. Lee met his Dutch colleagues (from the Alblasserdam Multiwal Holland office) in Central Paris, who in turn provided an in-house installation team along with the goods direct to site in order to start working from 6am onwards as there were access restrictions.
Chubb has a conference room which needed to have flexibility, a high level of privacy as well as provision of transparency to allow borrowed light into the area.
The project was particularly challenging because of the architecture of the historic building. The ceilings are very high and there are steps underneath the windows so they can be opened. The moveable walls were to close along the steps which fell along the edge of the conference/boardroom between columns. It made for a very unusual moveable wall proposal and the survey and installation had no margins for error.
There were also difficulties in that the ceiling could not be opened-up in order to hang the top tracks and framework. To get around this problem, we fixed the system through the plasterboard ceiling to the concrete above and put the fittings underneath the ceiling.
Chubb Insurance previously had major problems with sound and light control because of the unusual layout to the room. Niche installed our most premium moveable wall system, which is the flush-glazed Commandoor system with Multi-electric technology.
The Commandoor system has no floor track and an extremely minimal framework behind the glass so it is very sleek and modern-looking. Additionally, it has an excellent acoustic performance via the semi-automated Multi-electric technology, which ensures tight seals around the entire moveable wall system.
Overall, our Niche team achieved amazing results from what was an incredibly difficult brief and the client was very happy with the final solution.