Case studies

Office Refurbishment

Lomond House

Project
Office Refurbishment
Timescale
17 Weeks
Value
£775,000
Location
Newbury, Berkshire

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​Client Requirements

A leading healthcare provider across the UK and Ireland knew they wanted a full refurbishment of their office based in Newbury, Berkshire. 

Having originally been constructed in 2000 the 'L' shaped office block spread over 3 storeys was in need of bringing back up to date with this extensive refurbishment. 

With 50% of the block in occupancy CW Duke were required to ensure all adjoining offices could continue to function as normal. 

Scope of Work 

Project management, of full removal of all fixtures, fittings, including carpets and ceilings (All to be replaced with new)

Toilets and tea points fully fitted

Extensive replacement of Mechanical and Electrical services

Lift refurbishment

Renovation of existing fabric and external walls

How we helped

Working very closely with the full project team we ensured we were achieving the office the client had visualised at the beginning of the project./p>

Due to the adjoining offices being fully occupied we had to ensure that noise, disruption and construction traffic was under full control, and always to a minimum throughout the project. 

With extensive Mechanical Service required CW Duke ensured that our communication, time frames and results were communicated with both the client and the specialist M&E consultant

The Results

On hand over of this project the results were amazing, delivering the client a bright, clean, open plan office suite. 

Internally brought back to a position to service a busy office which will last. 

  • Lomond House
  • Lomond House
  • Lomond House
Refurbishment of Middle School Building

Cheltenham College - Middle School

Project
Refurbishment of Middle School Building
Timescale
9 Weeks
Value
£565,000
Location
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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​CLIENT REQUIREMENTS

Refurbishment internally and externally of a single storey teaching block constructed circa 1968.

Creating 4 new Science Labs and 2 teaching classrooms to the Middle School.

Cheltenham College Preparatory School wanted to upgrade this teaching block and ensure it advanced the education of the pupils. 

SCOPE OF WORK

Externally:

Replace the timber framed curtain walling with PPC aluminium walling, including the windows and doors.

Excavating and installing new foul drainage system.

Along with fitting a new singly ply warm roof covering.

Internally:

Extensive M&E services replaced and supplies upgraded.

Full refurbishment of classrooms and laboratories.

HOW WE HELPED

Providing full project management we were able to ensure that the project ran to time during the short summer recess and was handed over on the date our client wanted.

With the M&E services being critical to the laboratories we worked with a specialist in this field to ensure the technology used was the best and most efficient for the College.

We also worked closely with the Audio Visual department to facilitate the enabling works for the schools projectors and smart screens. 

THE RESULTS

A modern, light and functional learning environment.

Large windows allowing lots of natural light in, but with energy efficient glazing to bring down the solar gains within the classroom. 

An efficient and upgraded laboratory.

The building is now benefiting from extremely low thermal values, as a result of the newly installed warm roof system, glazing and heating system

  • Cheltenham College - Middle School
  • Cheltenham College - Middle School
Refurbishment of two sheltered housing schemes

Merlin Housing Refurbishment

Project
Refurbishment of two sheltered housing schemes
Timescale
26 weeks
Value
£550,000
Location
Kingswood and Staple Hill, Bristol

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Client Requirements

The internal improvement and refurbishment at two occupied sheltered housing schemes in Bristol. The project included the full refurbishment of communal areas, including all corridors, laundry rooms, entrance and kitchens. 

All new M&E was installed as well as soft flooring throughout. At Abraham Fry, we also fully plastered the ceilings and walls to encapsulate old asbestos. 

Externally we resurfaced paths and the car parks, carried out external decorations (including soffits, fascias and guttering)

Abraham Fry House comprises of 48 apartments and Hawthorn Gardens 40, the residents were in occupancy for the duration of the project so our care and consideration of the and their needs was imperative. 

Scope of Work

To undertake internal improvement & full refurbishment of the communal areas and facilities, which included; the main lounge, corridors, stairwells, guest rooms & en-suite, scooter store , communal wc's and external decoration. The communal areas to the sheltered schemes are formed at various floor levels. 

How we helped

Due to this being an occupied sheltered housing scheme our main priority had to be communication with the residents and staff about what we were doing and when. Taking part in 'coffee morning' meetings allowed us to keep an open channel of communication at all times. 

Sticking to a strict schedule which was agreed by the whole of the on-site team and the client allowed the occupants and staff carry on with their day to day requirements. 

The building is situated in a residential area so great care was taken to avoid disturbing the local residents where ever possible, including effective management of site traffic and deliveries throughout. 

The Results

A complete transformation of the building inside and out within challenging timescales. Internally the communal areas have been given a new lease of life and allow the scheme to run more effectively on a day to day basis. 

Minimal snagging required on both sites due to the high workmanship and management on site. 

Lighting has now become more energy efficient and economical for the homes. 

  • Merlin Housing Refurbishment
The Galleries, Bristol Branch Refurbishment

Santander - The Galleries, Bristol

Project
The Galleries, Bristol Branch Refurbishment
Timescale
8 Weeks
Value
£340,000
Location
Bristol

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

As mentioned in previous news feeds and case studies, our team are one of Santander's regional contractors for the branch refurbishment roll out programme.  This covers the South West, South Wales and West Midlands.  We have been undertaking branch refurbishments across these areas since 2013 and we have now just completed one such project right on our doorstep in the heart of Bristol City Centre.  Our dedicated Santander project team have completed the refurbishment of The Galleries branch in Broadmead. 

The work consisted of the following elements:

Stripping out of all existing partitioning, flooring, ceilings, lighting and other fixtures.

Relocation of the counter to the back of the branch to create a more spacious area.

Relocation of ATM machines inside the branch.

Installation of additional ATM machines.

Creation of a new counter with raising screen and reinforced surrounding walls.

Installation of new amtico flooring, lighting, ceilings and HVAC systems.

Creation of 9 consultation rooms with glazed partitioning.  Previously the branch had just 4 such rooms.

Refurbishment of staff room, kitchen and comms room.

Relocation and installation of a new shop front.

The overall result is a new, modern Santander branch in the centre of Bristol which now enhances the customer experience.

Project Management

We assumed a lead role in the management and organisation of the project.  Our dedicated Site Manager took full control of the site and kept in direct contact with the relevant members of the branch management at all times.  Communication was key as the branch remained open during the majority of the works and the rest was completed out of hours.  Our team would conduct regular update meetings with the branch staff to explain the progress of the works and answer any questions that they may have.  The entire project was very much a team effort and this contributed greatly to smooth running and keeping disruption down to a minimum.

Directly Employed Trades People

We utilised a number of directly employed trades people on this project.  This ensured continuity on the delivery of Santander projects under this framework and kept the service we provided at the highest possible standard.

  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
  • Santander - The Galleries, Bristol
Student Union Refurbishment

Bath Spa University

Project
Student Union Refurbishment
Timescale
8 Weeks
Value
£350,000
Location
Bath

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

Having worked with the Jones Lang La Salle team in Bristol on a number of projects in recent times it was with great pleasure we took up their offer to tender for this project.  After a competitive tender process, we were appointed as principal contractor by JLL and the estates team at Bath Spa University.  We were extremely pleased to be selected as this was our first project at the University. 

The works consisted of the refurbishment of the Student Union building which is located on Bath Spa's main campus.  We undertook the full refurbishment of the toilets, student shop, stair and concourse areas, gym and the bar/café area.  This included the installation of new M&E systems and lighting.  Our team also installed new flooring throughout all the areas, along with new partitioning, acoustic ceilings, and complete redecoration.  We completely refurbished the male, female and disabled toilets with new sanitary ware, flooring, cubicles and panelling.

The overall result is a complete transformation to the interior of the student union facility.to create a clean, functional and contemporary building that reflects the University's commitment to giving their students the best possible experience and facilities.

Programme Management

From the outset our client had indicated a strict deadline for the completion of the works.  Our team worked very closely with the client to ensure key targets and deadlines were met throughout the 8 week programme.  Where issues appeared, we tackled them at an early stage and because of our consultative approach we worked in partnership with our client and adapted certain parts of the programme to, once again, ensure that the project was completed on time and within budget.

Directly Employed Trades People

We utilised a number of directly employed trades people on this project.  This allowed us to ensure high standards and enabled us to adopt a flexible approach to the overall management of the project.

  • Bath Spa University
  • Bath Spa University
  • Bath Spa University
Lanercost Resource & Activity Centre Refurbishment

Bristol City Council

Project
Lanercost Resource & Activity Centre Refurbishment
Timescale
30 weeks
Location
Bristol

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

Lanercost resource and activity centre is situated in Southmead, Bristol.  It acts as a day centre for adults with learning difficulties.  After a competitive tender process we were appointed to undertake a full refurbishment of the building both internally and externally.  The internal works consisted of extensive internal layout alterations with demolition and creation of new brickwork and stud wall partitioning.  We then installed all new lighting, flooring, ceilings and redecorated all areas which included an entrance lobby/reception, offices, corridors, toilets, shower rooms and activity rooms.  Our team also installed a new boiler heating system, commercial kitchen and large folding partition into the main hall/canteen area.

The external works were extensive also.  These consisted of replacing the majority of the windows and all external doors, removing all of the asbestos cladding and replacing with new composite kingspan cladding and roof replacement and repair works.  We also constructed a new conservatory to the rear of the building and re-tarmacked the car park and entrance area. 

Programme Management

From the outset our client had a deadline for the completion of these works.  Throughout the project, a number of variations and extras were added to the overall specification.  Our dedicated team of trades people, sub contractors, site manager and contracts manager worked in partnership with the relevant representatives from Bristol City Council to adapt the programme to ensure that the project was still completed on time and that the building was ready for use when required.

Value for Money

Value and quality is at the heart of what we do.  On this project we worked closely with our client and our suppliers to obtain the best price without compromising on the quality and service that our client required.

Directly Employed Trades People

We utilised a number of directly employed trades people on this project.  This ensured high standards and allowed us to adopt a flexible approach to the overall management of the scheme.

  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol City Council
Office Refurbishment and Fit Out

Somerset County Council

Project
Office Refurbishment and Fit Out
Timescale
32 Weeks
Location
Taunton

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

Having completed two previous phases of Somerset County Council's County Hall refurbishment programme and after a competitive tender process, we were appointed to carry out phase three.  The project was situated over two floors and covered a total of 20,000 sq ft.  The actual works consisted of the complete strip out of all office, toilet and wash areas.  We then refurbished all of these spaces by installing new kitchen and breakout areas, new toilets, numerous individual offices and small meeting rooms utilising high quality glazed partitioning and manifestations.  Our team also installed new suspended ceilings, lighting, flooring, electrics and data cabling. 

Mechanical and Electrical

We took a lead role in renewing the boiler heating system to service the new areas.  Our expert team replaced the outdated system with a new modern system which is far more efficient and cost effective.

Working in Live Environments

The office area was fully vacated during the project; however, the replacement of the heating system had a direct cross over with the heating to the rest of the building.  We worked in partnership with senior members of Somerset County Council's team to keep disruption of the day to day operations of the staff at County Hall to a minimum.

Directly Employed Trades People

We used a number of our directly employed labour force ensuring high levels of project and work force management.

  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset County Council
  • Somerset County Council
Strip-out, Structural Alterations and External Repairs

50-53 Southgate Street

Project
Strip-out, Structural Alterations and External Repairs
Timescale
18 Weeks
Value
£400,000
Location
Bath

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

Southgate Street is one of the main retail areas in Bath City Centre.  We have extensive experience in the refurbishment of retail outlets and having previously worked with building consultants Tuffin Ferraby Taylor on similar projects, they were keen to appoint us to carry out these works.  After a competitive tender exercise we were selected to undertake enabling and strip out works to the interior and exterior of the building.  ​The works consisted of a full strip out of two floors and included internal demolition of existing walls, lift shafts, fixtures and fittings.  We also completed structural works to allow the formation of an atrium and a new lift shaft.  Externally, our team completed roof maintenance works and stone cleaning the exterior of the building. 

Our work will allow the National retailer NEXT to take the unit and fit it out to their specifications. 

Programme Management

From the outset a rigid deadline was in place.  NEXT had a specific date that they were working towards to begin their internal fit out of the building.  These could only take place once our work had been completed.  Our team worked closely with Tuffin Ferraby Taylor and the NEXT retail property team to develop a robust programme that was detailed and thorough which then could guarantee the successful delivery of the project on time.

Directly Employed Trades People

We used a number of our directly employed labour force ensuring high levels of project and work force management.

Refurbishment of Office and Workshop Spaces

Backfields House

Project
Refurbishment of Office and Workshop Spaces
Timescale
22 Weeks
Value
£425,000
Location
Bristol

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​Refurbishment/Fit Out

After a competitive tender process, Askew Architects and their client, Emmaus appointed us to carry out a refurbishment of an existing 1970's office and workshop building.  The refurbishment project has now transformed the property to give Emmaus new workspaces, warehouse and retail area.  This was a high profile project for our client Emmaus who are a UK based charity. The charity enables people to move on from homelessness by providing work and a home in a supportive family environment.  The project appeared on BBC News in January highlighting the importance of organisations like Emmaus helping people to find work as the unemployment figures in the UK began to fall.  

The actual works included the following:

Replacement roof to the adjoining warehouse building

Installation of new lift shaft and lift

Construction and formation of new mezzanine in the warehouse building

General external clean of all exterior walls

Construction of new partitions below the newly formed mezzanine

Supply and installation of new windows, security shutter and shop front to the shop/retail area.

 

Cost Management

From the beginning of this project we understood that there was a fairly rigid budget in place and therefore took a lead role in the value engineering process to ensure that the budget requirements were met.  We then took a lead role in advising our client on the overall costs at certain stages throughout the project.  This ensured that Emmaus knew exactly how the budget and costs were progressing at all times.

Directly Employed Trades People

We utilised a number of directly employed trades people on this project. This ensured high standards and allowed us to adopt a flexible approach to the overall management of the project.

Lift Lobby, Office Suites and Toilet Refurbishments

The Spectrum Building

Project
Lift Lobby, Office Suites and Toilet Refurbishments
Timescale
25 Weeks
Value
£600,000
Location
Bristol

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Refurbishment/Fit Out

​The Spectrum Building is located in Bristol City Centre and we have a history of completing numerous refurbishment projects within the property.  After a competitive tender we were appointed to undertake refurbishments to the lift lobbies, toilets and two office suites.

We refurbished all the lift lobbies in the East and West wings.  Specifically we installed new flooring, wall paneling, ceilings and lighting.  Meanwhile we completely stripped out and refurbished all the toilets and shower rooms in the building.  We replaced all these areas with new flooring, utilities, paneling and installed new doors and lighting.

Our team were then asked to price and then carry out a refurbishment of two office suites on the third and fourth floors.  We stripped out existing office partitioning, kitchens and other fittings and then refurbished the areas to Cat A spec.  This included new carpets, ceilings, lighting and re-decorated both areas.

Cost Management

Our client had a set budget with which to complete the works. Our commercial team worked in partnership with building consultants Lambert Smith Hampton to ensure that costs were monitored on a weekly basis so that the project remained within budget.

Working in Live Environments

The offices and reception area remained open throughout the works. We worked closely with our client and the various organisations based at The Spectrum Building to ensure that everything continued to run smoothly by phasing the project in such as way as to ensure that business ran as usual.

Directly Employed Trades People

We used a number of our directly employed labour force ensuring high levels of project and work force management.

  • The Spectrum Building
  • The Spectrum Building
  • The Spectrum Building