De-Group Contracting have been engaged on Arup’s Framework to refurbish their London properties for the last 4 years. This Framework has seen extensive refurbishment and refresh works undertaken to two offices at Nr’s 8 and 13 Fitzroy Street, totalling circa £6million. The larger packages undertaken at Nr 13 Fitzroy Street consist of:
• 5th & 6th floor acoustic upgrade and fit-out package. The project involved the acoustic upgrade of existing offices and the construction of additional office space and meeting rooms; this included the installation of new double glazed acoustic and solid partitions, as well as upgraded existing solid partitions, ceilings and flooring.
• 2nd floor strip out and design and build refurbishment of the 1300m2 office space. The floor space was stripped back in its entirety. Raised flooring systems, glazed partitions, solid partitions, sanitary ware and ceiling tiles were all removed to bring the office space back to a shell and ready for CAT A fit out. De-Group Contracting were responsible for the specification and design of newly installed lighting systems and door entry systems. New kitchen and recycling centre facilities were procured and installed to bring the office space in line with current standards.
• 3rd floor fit-out package, including the supply and installation of all the Audio Visual equipment for a cutting edge Global Directors Boardroom. The project saw the strip out of 200m2 of office space on an existing occupied floor of Arup Head Quarters, followed by the installation of acoustic glazed and solid partitions to form the boardroom and ante room, new acoustic ceilings and raised floors were installed with updated electrics and air conditioning throughout. State of the art audio visual equipment was installed to enable full video conferencing.
All of the works undertaken as part of the Framework by De-Group Contracting has been within alive environment with adjacent areas in continuous use throughout the day. In order to avoid disruption to the staff, all noisy and disruptive works were carried out at night or weekends. All deliveries of plant and materials were pre-planned and delivered to site out of hours to ensure that the office area encountered minimum disruption to the consultants and administration staff. The projects were delivered successfully whilst accommodating all client changes into agreed budgets and time scales.