Interflora headquarters’ facelift after standing empty in Lincs town

The Lincolnshire-based headquarters of international floristry brand Interflora will be getting a GBP1.8-million facelift after standing empty for two-and-a-half years. Interflora's headquarters, a large office building on the corner of Water Gate and South Gate in Sleaford, has been standing empty since March 2020, despite the easing of Covid-19 restrictions. The 200 members of staff working in Interflora House were sent home to work remotely in line with government guidance on preventing the spread of Covid-19.

Sian Fell, the company's HR director, acknowledged that Interflora had been 'absent' from the town for quite a long period and explained that staff were working from home to facilitate a complete overhaul of the building's interior. Planning permission was granted by North Kesteven District Council on March 25 this year for the works to begin. Design company TSK has since begun demolishing the interior.

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The planned new reception in Interflora HouseThe planned new reception in Interflora House.

Workers have so far knocked down all of the internal walls and started work on the new 'structure and flow' of the office. Tony Healey, a senior designer at TSK, said it was an 'exciting' project to be working on that the design team had been given a 'blank sheet of paper' to design the new offices. The building will have also new double-glazed windows installed on all three floors and a new main entrance on Southgate that will open inwards.

The current entrance, situated on Water Gate, will be used for deliveries only. Ms Fell added that in order to replace the windows, scaffolding will be erected around the whole building on both streets. "We understand this may cause some minor disruptions, and while all footways will still be accessible, we apologise to the local community for any inconvenience it may pose," she said. Most of the old office furniture and equipment has been donated to various local organisations, including Kesteven and Sleaford High School, in an effort to minimise waste.

The school has put the donated equipment towards a new wellbeing hub for the students, with headteacher Joesphine Smith saying that it had helped the school stretch its tight budget "that bit further".

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