Case studies

Remodelling and Refurbishment of a Flat within a Listed Georgian property

Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon

Project
Remodelling and Refurbishment of a Flat within a Listed Georgian property
Timescale
6 Weeks
Location
Central Bath

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Client Requirements

As part of the Georgian Property Framework that we have been part of for a number of years, we were appointed to undertake extensive refurbishment works to this grade one listed building on the Paragon in the Walcot area of Bath City Centre.  

Scope of Work

The project was undertaken and completed to a ground floor flat over a six week period. The work consisted of a total strip out of existing fixture’s and fittings. Our team then installed a complete new kitchen and bathroom, we installed new electric storage heaters as well as undertaking electrical upgrade works. The flat was then completely redecorated and new soft flooring installed. All the works were undertaken as to preserve the interior and exterior period features of the property.

How We Helped

The rest of the building remained occupied, with a further four other flats within this terraced property. We worked closely with Curo to ensure that we completed the project with minimum impact to the surrounding buildings and the residents in the four adjacent flats, keeping them informed on our progress at all times.

The Results

The flat now has a lovely bright and welcoming feel to it, with a beautiful integrated kitchen and large bathroom. Curo are now able to rent it out immediately and add it back into their working portfolio of properties available in the Bath area, 

  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
  • Curo Housing, F2 The Paragon
Remodelling part of an existing building to create a Nursery & Pre-School

UCAS Nursery & Pre-School

Project
Remodelling part of an existing building to create a Nursery & Pre-School
Timescale
14 Weeks
Value
£336,000
Location
Cheltenham

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​What the Client Wanted

To remodel an area within the existing UCAS headquarters on New Barn Lane to create an on-site Nursery. To develop the existing external area to form a new safe play area for the nursery including a racing track and several gated play zones with a separate foot path entrance from the car park.  

Scope of Work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment including partition removal, ceiling removal and new room development by way of installing partitions, new ceilings, new M&E installations, washing & changing facilities and fixtures & fittings and floor coverings throughout. General decorations throughout as well as fitting several segregated external play areas with canopies. 

How We Helped

The building remained operational, with the works being carried out in close proximity to building users. We worked hard to minimise disruption and even incorporated periods of complete silence into the build whilst exam papers were being marked throughout the summer holidays.

We achieved this with proactive liaison and by working closely with the on-site staff to ensure we were as sensitive as we could be which resulted in the project being delivered on time and to budget.

The Results

The building now has a stunning, self-contained nursery primarily benefiting staff and members of the local community. The project also has a fabulous outdoor area with an all-weather surfacing and play lawn surfacing race track.

  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
  • UCAS Nursery & Pre-School
Refurbishment and Fit-Out

University of Bristol, Churchill Hall

Project
Refurbishment and Fit-Out
Timescale
12 Weeks
Value
£760,000
Location
Bristol Downs

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​What the Client Wanted

To refresh the centre block of Churchill Hall which contains all of the communal areas and facilities for the surrounding accommodation blocks. They also wanted to create a light, airy and welcoming space for all the residents and to refurbish the stunning woodwork throughout the building. 

Scope of Work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment including internal decorations, full M&E, alterations to the Porters Lodge, WC refurbishment and specialist parquet flooring treatment throughout.

Works to the external façade of the building included window replacement, fascia decorations and guttering replacements, decorations and flat roof replacements. Ceiling replacement throughout, including the high vaulted ceiling to the beautiful main dining hall.

How We Helped

Although the project was carried out in a very tight timescale during the summer holiday period, the building remained operational, with detailed coordination maintaining access for building users as well as minimising potential disruption.

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

The Results

The building now has a brighter, fresher feel, with renovated common areas and a smart and tidy external façade. The main hall in particular looks magnificent following the wood treatment, new ceilings and renewed decorations throughout.

The project was completed within a tight programme & handed over on time & within budget

  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
  • University of Bristol, Churchill Hall
Refurbishment and Fit-Out

Coleford Police Station

Project
Refurbishment and Fit-Out
Timescale
12 Weeks
Location
Coleford, Forest of Dean

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​What the Client Wanted

This is now the only police station in the Forest of Dean following the closure of several others in the area. As it represents a large area, maximising the use of space is key and this project was designed with that in mind.The client wanted to convert the old existing magistrates court into flexible, useable spaces which included a multi-space office, locker facilities, several interview rooms and a new reception area. 

Scope of Work

Full project management, strip out of all the old magistrate courts fixtures and fittings, including asbestos removal works. Full internal and external redecoration, new reception, toilets, shower rooms, offices, interview rooms, locker rooms, flooring and lighting.

How We Helped

The police station remained occupied throughout the duration of the project so we worked hard to ensure minimal disruption to the building users. Additional decorating works added on late as a variation were delivered on time and within an extremely tight budget. 

The Results

The building now has lots of functional space and designated areas. The entrance is welcoming to the local community and the occupants are thrilled with their new facilities. 

  • Coleford Police Station
  • Coleford Police Station
  • Coleford Police Station
  • Coleford Police Station
  • Coleford Police Station
  • Coleford Police Station
Office Refurbishment and Fit-Out

Santander Offices, Eldergate

Project
Office Refurbishment and Fit-Out
Timescale
10 Weeks
Value
£1,300,000
Location
Milton Keynes

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​What the Client Wanted

Leading financial services provider Santander has an existing portfolio of premium office space in Milton Keynes. However their need for even more office space led them to take out a lease on approx. 6000m2 of floor space over several floors of an office block above Central Milton Keynes railway station. The requirement was to refurbish these offices completely within a strict 10-week programme, whilst working around the neighbouring tenants and accommodating the initial tranche of Santander staff.   

Scope of Work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment to a high specification including new ceilings, walls and partitions, flooring and restrooms, as well as the installation of kitchenettes, work pods, sound-proof meeting rooms, break out areas and a renovated reception with an access control entry system 

How We Helped

The project was split over 3 non-consecutive floors of a 5-floor building which was occupied throughout the duration of the works. The existing Santander staff continued to work from the building and we scheduled the works in a manner that allowed us to complete the works in phases, moving the employees as little as possible and minimising disruption to them wherever we could. We also took into consideration the other building users, keeping them informed of the works and working out of hours at times to ensure we did not impact on their business in any way. 

The day before the furniture was being delivered, the building lift stopped working so at the last minute, we sourced additional labour, enabling the deliveries to run smoothly and all the furniture to be assembled and set up in place on time and within the programme. 

The Results

The project has been a great success and has created a lovely open plan, modern office for 520 Santander employees. The client were thrilled with the management of the project, allowing work to continue with minimal disruption and yet still providing them with entirely new facilities. The fit out was carried out to the Bank’s high specification and despite the very tight timeframe, was delivered on time and to budget.

  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
  • Santander Offices, Eldergate
Remodelling and Refurbishment of Colston Tower, External Works & the Creation of a Cycle Hub

Colston Tower Reception Remodelling

Project
Remodelling and Refurbishment of Colston Tower, External Works & the Creation of a Cycle Hub
Timescale
22 Weeks
Value
£750,000
Location
Bristol City Centre

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​What the Client Wanted

Colston Tower is an iconic 15-storey Bristol landmark, situated directly in the centre of the city on Colston Avenue. Having recently bought the building, the client wanted to remodel and refresh the reception, creating a light, airy and welcoming space for all of the occupants of its many offices. They also wanted to enhance the external areas and form a new entrance canopy with the creation of an internal cycle hub to the existing car park area including changing room facilities a drying room, shower rooms and WC’s and parking for 78 bikes.

Scope of Work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment to a high specification including reception remodelling, renovation of adjoining common meeting spaces, the formation of a new entrance canopy and the installation of a new concrete staircase and balustrade to link the front reception area to the rest of the building. The project also included works to the external façade of the retail and commercial premises contained over podium level, ground floor level, basement level and lower basement level accommodation, forming balustrades, reducing them in height to the level of the existing landings and providing new structural glass. The final part of this project was the creation of a cycle hub within part of the covered car park which included new changing, shower and clothes drying facilities.  

How We Helped

Colston Tower remained operational throughout the duration of the project, with detailed coordination and planning, maintaining access to all areas for building users as well as minimising potential disruption. The split level site posed some challenges with regard to keeping the building operational and meant that coordination of the finishes was key. Achieving this was with proactive liaison and a collaborative and considerate approach, which resulted in the project being delivered on time and to budget.

The Results

Colston Tower now has a stunning, welcoming atrium area, befitting a building of its iconic status as well as a smart and tidy external façade, It is also able to keep up with the environmental requirements of its tenants by providing them with a state of the art cycle hub and associated facilities. 

  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
  • Colston Tower Reception Remodelling
Regeneration and Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Building

1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management

Project
Regeneration and Refurbishment of Grade II Listed Building
Timescale
20 Weeks
Value
£645,000
Location
Bristol

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What Royal London Asset Management Wanted

Having purchased 1-2 Broad Plain, a Grade II listed building located within the Old Market Conservation Area of Bristol, leading fund management company Royal London Asset Management wanted to improve the acquisition’s fund capital. 

The aim was to bring the water-damaged building back to life from years of disrepair through a programme of structural engineering and refurbishment, and on completion, offer the facility to start-ups, small and medium sized businesses as an enterprise area for business growth under commercial terms. 

Scope of Work

Project management, full strip-out, structural engineering and CAT-A fit-out to a high specification complete with mechanical and electrical installations, CAT-6 data cabling, new heating, redecoration and external improvement works. Internal structural works included new flooring and joists and the removal of the main dividing wall to the large open plan office to the rear elevation. 

How We Helped

Our brief was to refurbish the premises for office use with communal welfare and cycle storage facilities. Due to the condition of the building, works were organised in three distinct phases over the three floors plus basement and the Jewellery workshop to the rear: firstly enabling works and works to improve the structural integrity of the building. Phase-2 was the drying out phase and lastly undertaking the internal fit-out.

With a team of approximately 25 people on site at any one time, and spanning all of the main building trades, detailed planning and project management have been critical drivers for project success. A particular aspect has been to rebuild the main archway that was collapsing due to subsidence. Our fix was to use helical, stainless steel reinforcing bars for strengthening & mass fill foundations to rebuild the arch with the original stonework, numbered to their original positions on new foundations. The removal of the main dividing wall of the large open plan office to the rear elevation took away the lateral integrity of the outer walls so we installed steel wind posts to overcome the problem.

Internally the building is a stark contrast to the original shell, with exposed services for new heating, power and mechanical installations to give the feel of the ‘London look’ as a modern and productive workspace that any business would be proud of.

The Results

Our work has seen a complete transformation of the building inside and out to relatively challenging timescales for a project of this scope and size. Internally, the workspace is fresh and airy with architectural features like the cast iron, four-column radiators and the main greeting area which is decked using horizontal timber panelling and artificial grass that creates a modern and welcoming environment where the first impression means business. 

  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
  • 1-2 Broad Plain, Royal London Asset Management
Extensive Remodelling and Refurbishment

Learning Partnership West

Project
Extensive Remodelling and Refurbishment
Timescale
18 Weeks
Value
£530,000
Location
Bedminster, Bristol

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​What LPW wanted

LPW delivers support and learning to children and young people from the ages of 8 through to 25 for vulnerable adults. As a social enterprise, and more recently a Community Interest Company, their purpose is to support children and young adults to change their lives to reach their potential.

The organisation's acquisition of Princess House, now LPW House, a two floor, 1970's building situated within a thriving industrial area, required a complete remodelling and an extensive refurbishment prior to it becoming their Head Office and Choices School West.

Scope of work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment including partitioning to form new areas, drainage modifications, mechanical and electrical works, IT data cabling, data points and power, new server room and redecoration.

How we helped

Working alongside architect's Alder King, our work has seen the complete transformation of LPW's building where refurbishing their facility over the two floors has created modern, safer and enterprising environments for staff and students. New teaching rooms have been created and tastefully decorated, and their reception area now provides a warm welcome for visitors. 

The kitchen and toilet facilities, and break-out areas assist peoples' wellbeing and new heating and electrical systems offer a bright and comfortable place to learn and work. This project was mostly self-delivered ad project managed by our own management teams combined with subcontracted support for mechanical and electrical elements requiring specialist installations.

Works for mechanical and electrical installations were also extensive, which has seen the installation of more then 100 data points, power sockets and HDMI ports, and a new commercial boiler complete with building controls and hot water heaters.

The results

LPW House now provides all of the amenities and appliances that are characteristic of a well-equipped facility that contributes to a more comfortable and productive environment in which to work and learn.

  • Learning Partnership West
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Learning Partnership West
  • Learning Partnership West
Internal Refurbishment inc. Structural works and Redecoration

University of Bristol Stuart House

Project
Internal Refurbishment inc. Structural works and Redecoration
Timescale
12 Weeks
Value
£148,000
Location
Bristol

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What University of Bristol wanted

Stuart House is the residence for the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President. The Grade II listed, early 19th Century property, in the later Georgian style, incorporates masonry believed to be early 17th Century from what was then known as the ‘Court or Guard House’.

With the announcement of the 12th Vice-Chancellor and President retiring following 14-years in post, the refurbishment of Stuart House is the result of his successor taking residency.

Scope of work

Internal modernisation and refurbishment works involving redecoration, flooring, new kitchen fit-out, new en-suite bathroom with separate shower, some structural engineering, mechanical and electrical upgrades and various external works involving roofing and guttering repairs, and hard landscaping.

How we helped

The contract is mainly internal improvement works with some minor external repairs to the residences’ roof, guttering, sash windows and garden areas. Structural works were the result of removing a load-bearing wall to form a larger garden room from two smaller rooms.

Internally the three bedroomed, two storey property with two en-suite bathrooms is redecorated throughout including hall and landing areas. Consultations with Conservation Officers has also permitted the installation of new timber framed doors leading from the garden room to the new patio area. A sash window in the newly refurbished kitchen has also been introduced complete with the balancing and cording of the original sash windows throughout the property.

Electrical upgrades have incorporated new power and lighting in addition to ceiling mounted wireless routers to provide a consistent wireless network. Security and fire alarm systems are introduced combined with building control systems and externally a dwarf-wall, external lighting, louvre fencing and sandblasting of the property’s Bath stone cornicing completed the project to time and budget.

The results

A structurally sound and tastefully decorated residence complete with modern facilities befitting a world-leading institution for teaching and research.

  • University of Bristol Stuart House
  • University of Bristol Stuart House
  • University of Bristol Stuart House
Refurbishment and Fit-out

Santander Milton Keynes

Project
Refurbishment and Fit-out
Timescale
14 Weeks
Value
£675,000
Location
Milton Keynes

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​What Santander wanted

Leading financial services provider, Santander, continues to put customers at the heart of what they do with a programme of refurbishment and branch upgrades that's aimed to enhance customer experience and attract new customers from the big four high street banks.

The Bank's programme to refurbish its UK branches nationwide started mid-2013, and the fit-out of their flagship branch in Milton Keynes is one of many that we've completed under this contract to date.

Scope of work

Project management, full strip-out and refurbishment to a high specification including glazed partitioning, mechanical and electrical services, data, HVAC, floor finishes, drylining, installation of an Oak slatted feature ceiling and a full height, glazed facade.

How we helped

The Bank is situated within intu Shopping Centre in Central Milton Keynes. It's a prime shopping mall so the work required detailed coordination and planning to maintain consumers' shopping experiences, but also to minimise delays from the risk of potential disruption to brands in adjacent units. Achieving this was with proactive liaison and a collaborative and considerate approach, which resulted in the project being delivered on time and to budget.

Delivering the project to the Bank's high specification has also been possible through this approach. For instance, careful planning to install the full height glazed shop front and the phasing of the heavy lifts - and working from a bird cage scaffold to install the high level feature ceiling - meant that the phasing of other internal works for carpentry and glazed partitions, and for electrical and mechanical installations could continue simultaneously.

Specialist subcontractors worked alongside our in-house teams to create new, private meeting rooms and staff facilities. A reception area, cashpoint machines and a direct banking desk for self-serve and digital banking were also created; and interview rooms on the first floor.

The results

The branch now provides customers with digital banking facilities within a modern retail space that features seven new cashpoint machines, four counter positions and 14 private rooms, complete with a full height, glazed facade and a high level feature ceiling.

  • Santander Milton Keynes
  • Santander Milton Keynes
  • Santander Milton Keynes
  • Santander Milton Keynes
  • Santander Milton Keynes