Tate & Lyle:

Tate & Lyle PLC approached us to help oversee the clearance of excess furniture, with selected items sent to a brand-new office and storage facility.


24 Weeks

Type of project:






Client profile

Tate & Lyle PLC is a British-headquartered, global supplier of food and beverage ingredients to industrial markets. It was originally a sugar refining business, but from the 1970s it began to diversify, eventually divesting its sugar business in 2010.

Today, it specialises in turning raw materials such as corn and tapioca into ingredients that add taste, texture, and nutrients to food and beverages.

It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. Tate & Lyle's headquarters are located in Kingsway – situated between the Royal Courts of Justice & The Strand.

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Client challenge

Selected items were moved to a new office in Blackfriars, while others were placed into a storage facility in West Thurrock. Excess IT equipment was moved to other offices located in the Netherlands – each of these moves required detailed organisation to ensure everything gets to where they're meant to be.

One section of the project's management that we were heavily involved with, was the segregation of metals (from furniture deemed unusable), for suitable reuse. This is a key proponent of sustainability as it allows materials to be recycled, keeping them out of landfill – meaning that fewer metal parts will need to be produced. When done on a mass scale, it will make a huge positive impact on the environment.

Active solution

Commencing in March 2021, the project saw two large openplan floors (with meeting and break-out facilities) fitted out. The main bulkof our facilities management contribution was to assist sustainableclearance and recycling of excess furniture – some items were re-purposed, somesold on, and some donated to local charities.

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Benefits and results

Being vastly experienced at this type of work, with many contacts in the furniture and recycling industry, we were quickly able to draw up a solution that ticked every box the company had – saving them much time, upheaval and money.

Concluding in August, we are delighted to say that the overall project was a success – our approach to management and constant close engagement with the client ensured a successful completion.

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