Works were to three areas in the Cathedral Square Buildings. Two areas involved the demolition of internal offices with the stripping out of power and lighting. The whole refurbishment consisted of:
- Reconfiguration of the air conditioning
- Supply and fixing of new computer raised floor with new power floor boxes, new ceilings and lighting
- Reconfiguration of fire alarms and installation of additional smoke detectors
- Full decoration and floor finishes
- The third area involved external upgrading of the plant room incorporating external lighting
- 12 months maintenance indicated no defects
The project had no ‘as built’ drawings which added a slight complication. Our M&E Department had to investigate to ensure the other offices remained operational during the refurbishment. To ensure this ran smoothly a key line of communication with the client ensured all services to the building and the progression of the job was not lost.
The project was completed in 11 weeks with a 12 month defect period. The job was delivered to budget and on time.
Internally, the contract involved the stripping out of the previous tenants partitions, fittings, fixtures and services. This task was made slightly more complicated as no adequate ‘as-built’ plans for the services were available. This resulted in Meldrum having to investigate numerous cables and pipes running through the three separate demises, to ensure that no services belonging to either the landlord, or adjacent tenants were disconnected. At no point during the contract were services interrupted or disconnected to the detriment of other tenants. This was a considerable achievement and often resulted in additional trunking being provided to re-route services through the floors and ceilings. Fire stopping between floors was maintained at all times and additional fire stopping works undertaken as necessary, when deficiencies were identified during the stripping out process.
An additional challenge faced, but overcome, was that the offices were split over three interconnecting buildings. Meldrum coped very well with working over a split site and no security issues were reported to the Employer’s Agent by either the building managers, or their security team. During all stages of the programme, Meldrum Construction Services Limited liaised with the client, their design team and the client’s specialist electrical contractors in order to ensure that the building remained operational, live and most importantly, safe.
John Templeman, Stace – Construction and Property Consultants