This refurbishment project focused on transforming Unit 1 on the Stafford Industrial Estate from a tired warehouse space into an attractive unit ripe for the current rental market.
With a full refurbishment brief including energy-efficient works, we were commissioned by our clients at Hollis to deliver their ambitious plans, working collaboratively on a programme that spanned 30 weeks.
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By fostering a collaborative relationship with our clients, we ensure that every aspect of the project aligns with their specific requirements and delivers all that they expect and more.”Gemma Skilbeck, Assistant Project Manager – Open
Challenges of a dated warehouse space
The refurbishment project on Unit 1 Stafford Industrial Estate started with a full strip-out of the old fixtures and fittings and then focused on the replacement of the roof which contained asbestos.
These initial works presented two major challenges: the first of these was caused by the subsidence of the front elevation and the second which was caused by the presence of asbestos in the roof material, which had to be safely removed and disposed of. These challenges posed significant risk and required special attention and clear, agreed methodologies to ensure a successful outcome.
When an elevation of a building subsides, it means that the foundations or some of the supporting structure has settled unevenly, causing one or more of the elevations of the building to sink or tilt – this can compromise the stability and integrity of the entire building. Our structural engineering team designed a solution to resolve this issue before completing the underpinning works to strengthen and stabilize the foundation of the unit preventing further movement and ensuring that it’s stable and safe for any further renovation works and occupation.
The replacement of an asbestos roof is a process that requires meticulous planning and preparation because of the significant health hazard due to the harmful effects of asbestos fibres if inhaled. So to safely replace the asbestos roof we followed a detailed plan that included the following steps: our specialist team conducted an initial asbestos survey to identify the presence and the condition of the asbestos and to determine the appropriate methodology to remove it. We then contracted our trusted team of asbestos removal experts to safely remove and dispose of the roof.
Our knowledge and experience once again proved invaluable – by following the right methodology and working with industry experts we were able to eliminate the potential health risks posed by exposure to asbestos and ensure the building is safe for further refurbishment project works and ensure the building is safe for further refurbishment works.
Refurbishment project works that brought an early return on investment
The integration of energy-saving technology, including LED lights, double-glazed windows, and doors and an insulated new roof combined to enhance energy efficiency within the warehouse. This not only reduced ongoing operational costs for the client and future tenants, but also contributed to a greener and more sustainable environment.
And with its look and feel improved through decoration works and a maximized space layout, the unit attracted a new tenant even before the completion of the project. This early acquisition ensured an immediate return on the client’s investment and highlights the success of our refurbishment.
“This successful industrial refurbishment project demonstrates our ability to create spaces that work better for our clients. Our holistic approach encompasses meticulous attention to detail, effective project management, and a clear understanding of our client’s objectives. And by fostering a collaborative relationship with our clients, we ensure that every aspect of the project aligns with their specific requirements and delivers all that they expect and more.” – Gemma Skilbeck Assistant Project Manager