Case Study


Descartes' Challenge

Founded in 1981, Descartes Systems Group is a Canadian multinational technology company that specialises in logistics software, cloud-based services for logistics businesses and supply chain software.

Descartes is the global leader in providing on-demand, software-as-a-service solutions focused on improving the productivity, performance and security of logistics-intensive businesses. Customers use their modular, software-as-a-service solutions to route, schedule, track and measure delivery resources; plan, allocate and execute shipments; rate, audit and pay transportation invoices; access global trade data; file customs and security documents for imports and exports; and complete numerous other logistics processes by participating in the world’s largest, collaborative multimodal logistics community. Their headquarters are in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and we have offices and partners around the world.

Their new Chippenham office is located just a five minute walk away from their current one, in the heart of the town centre.

Oaktree's Solution

The new office consists of several cellular offices, along with two meeting rooms, and modern high-end boardroom. Open plan desking for permanent members of staff coupled with hot desks for field and home based staff to use whenever they come to the office. A fresh, modern, and relaxing breakout area was created for the staff to use when they are taking a break from work/socialising.

The project has been successfully completed on time and within budget and to the satisfaction of management and staff at Descartes.

What Oaktree Delivered

Following a telephone call by a member of the Business Development team at Oaktree Interiors, it transpired that Descartes were looking into an office relocation project. An initial face to face meeting was held to obtain their project brief, followed by a site survey by the Oaktree team.

Comprising of 2,700 sq ft of space, the design brief we were given stipulated that the new office must balance that fine line between promotional branding for clients, as well as being an open, inclusive office for all types of working styles.

The Oaktree Interiors office design proposal comprised of:

  • A branded meet and greet area
  • Boardroom and training room
  • HR office
  • Small and medium-sized meeting rooms
  • Open plan working area with sit-stand desks
  • Hot desking facilities and booths
  • IT room
  • Lockers and storage facility

“Thanks to all at Oaktree for making our office relocation project to new premises a smooth exercise. The new office provides a great modern working environment for our staff based there and customers and partners that visit. I am happy to recommend Oaktree for office Design & Build projects”

Andrew Tavener, Head of Marketing – Descartes Systems UK Ltd

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