Project – NEW HEAD OFFICE RECEPTION, CAFÉ, BREAK OUT AREAS & SHOWERS
Client – HOMEGROUP
Building Consultancy – Cushman & Wakefield, Newcastle
Q.S. – Cushman & Wakefield, Leeds
Designers – SPLINTR, Edinburgh
Consulting Engineers – JCP Consulting Engineers, Newcastle
HomeGroup Head Office which is based in Gosforth , Newcastle Upon Tyne required a “fast track” Refurbishment of their Reception and Break Out Area. Working closely with the Cushman & Wakefield Building Consultancy Team we put together an intense Programme of works based on 24/7 working over 6 weeks to minimise disruption to their business. The dramatic Concept scheme was by Splintr Design of Edinburgh, but to achieve the deadline it was adapted by Waterhouse, the client and their consultancy team. With such a tight deadline we relied on our own in-house workforce, together with our preferred subcontractors to carry out the works. This combination ensured we had a team which worked well together, with trades supporting other trades under intense conditions.
For HomeGroup Staff to continue working during these works, we carried out enabling works providing Temporary Welfare facilities, a new Drying Room and Shower facilities to replace the existing. A Temporary Entrance and Fire Exit were formed.
The Main Works included a new Meet and Greet Area (no Reception counter) with an informal homely lounge area to one side for both visitors and staff. The other side included a new ‘Coffee House’ style servery with rustic timber tables and benching with a ‘snug’ area furnished with leather Chesterfields for staff and visitors to use for both lunches, coffees and informal meetings. A new Commercial Kitchen was built and installed to support this area. The exterior porch was modified and brick lined and conspicuous pair of green concrete Chesterfield settees placed in front of the entrance to suggest the ‘Home’ in Homegroup.
The overall effect was stunning and was received with surprise and delight by the Homegroup Staff and visitors alike.
Waterhouse completed the Office Refurbishment for Simpson Millar in Leeds and received a glowing testimonial – read it below:
Well it seems such a long time ago since we started the re-furb @ 21-27 St Paul’s Street and the move over from Park Place to 39 St Paul’s Street, the first weekend of 2017 to be precise and now here we are in September 2017, nine months later and all is completed.
To say it has been a long hard slog is an understatement, there have been tears and tantrums, disruption and chaos, laughter and joy, happiness and disappointments along the way, long hours and weekends working hand in hand with builders, plumbers, electricians, joiners, the landlords and numerous other officials, to finally end up with the “Pristine Premises” that we now have. Basements have been knocked out and dredged, we’ve had “unusual” smells seep through the building, we’ve dangled on the roof tops (fitting the new air con system).
Plans have been drawn up, then re-drawn, rooms have been built and then knocked down again, a seating plan agreed then being totally scrapped, the action (chaos!!) behind the scenes has been immense but finally we are able to see the fruits of our labour.
We’ve begged and borrowed furniture and appliances from every available source and arranged and re-arranged desks, tables, chairs, offices, rooms and sometimes whole floors to accommodate staff and hopefully to make everyone as comfortable as possible, sometimes working long in to the night to build up a whole floor of desks so we could keep the office running efficiently with as little disruption as possible. Brand new wiring has been installed underneath the floors and attached to desks, so there are no more wires trailing round the office and a new security system installed on all doors.
We have bright and airy client meeting rooms in reception and the smaller meeting rooms on all floors for internal meetings, plus a huge meeting room with Video Conferencing facilities. Also brand spanking new kitchens with the latest hi-tech “Billi” taps and top spec appliances, we have energy saving lights throughout, lovely toilets with sparkling new sinks/taps and hand dryers. The lift has also been serviced and re-furbished and now has a state of the art interface.
There is a comfortable “break out” area in what used to be the old damp basement, which now seats approx. 30 people comfortably with new toilets/shower room, first aid room and kitchen, supplied with microwaves, for your relaxation.
And what can we say about the new Reception apart from WOW, this is absolutely stunning both from inside and out, we now have the professional image of the reputable firm of Solicitors that we always have been, with three new meeting rooms and a comfortable, spacious seating area for clients, with low level lighting throughout along with the new signage and manifestation to the windows and outer doors that sets the entrance to Simpson Millar off beautifully.
Our thanks go to all the workmen, Builders, Plumbers, Joiners, Decorators, Electricians ,Window Fitters etc. from Waterhouse Construction, with special thanks to Terry the works Site Manager who oversaw it all throughout the whole project, every single contractor put their heart and soul in to it and said it was a pleasure to work at Simpson Millar and they would be sad to leave. Thanks also to John the owner of Waterhouse for overseeing the work and Leon for his architectural skills. Obviously a massive thanks must go to our landlords Alistair & Cameron from Mawsons for funding the 1¾ million pound re-furb and bending over backwards to accommodate our requests/demands.
And special thanks must go to Jacqueline Cook for overseeing the project from start to finish, fighting our corner tooth and nail, every inch of the way, if it wasn’t right, it wasn’t happening and mostly….thanks to JC who practically gave up her home life to see this project through, we now have the fantastic end product that is Simpson Millar.
Also a mention for her side kick throughout, Sandra Bailey, who has shared the burden and the ups and down’s and laughs along the way with JC, it’s been emotional!! I hope you’ll agree that the time and effort has all been worthwhile, the building is resplendent.
Thank you to everyone for your time and patience throughout this experience, enjoy the ride!!!
Project – Arena Point, Merrion Way, Leeds – Category A Refurbishment including Reception Upgrade
Client – RR Wing Portfolio Limited c/o Scottish Property
Building Consultancy – Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) Leeds
As part of a Category A Refurbishment of Arena Point, including 4.5 floors, Basement Shower Rooms, New Management Suite, Wash Rooms, Common Areas, New Plant Room etc. we also upgraded the Reception Area with new reception desk, lighting, flooring and decorations.
International support services and construction company Interserve has taken up offices on two floors of the Arena Point building in the centre of Leeds.
Interserve has taken 8,152 sq ft on the sixth and seventh floors of Arena Point in Leeds’ Arena Quarter which has just recently been Refurbished by WATERHOUSE.
The office building is located next to the A58(M) Inner Ring Road and from the Claypit Lane junction (A58) provides links out of the city centre to the east joining the A64 York Road.
The Leeds office Knight Frank advised on the significant office letting.
Elizabeth Ridler, partner specialising in office agency with Knight Frank in Leeds, advised landlord London and Scottish Investments,
Ridler said: “This is a prestigious letting in one of the city’s most up-and-coming office buildings.”
“It is especially significant that this letting has been agreed before the completion of extensive refurbishment works” by WATERHOUSE.
“London and Scottish Investments are spending £1m on a comprehensive refurbishment of the building with WATERHOUSE, including air conditioned offices with LED lighting, cycle storage, shower and changing facilities and a new reception.”
She added: “On the back of this successful letting, and the letting of part of the 15th floor to Just Add Water, additional investment on the fourth and fifth floors will be started within six weeks by WATERHOUSE and be ready for occupation in mid-September. Meanwhile a further letting of 1,916 sq ft is due to complete shortly.
“There’s no doubt that these lettings are a ringing endorsement both of the quality of the refurbished building by WATERHOUSE and of its excellent location and competitive rents.”
Richard Thornton of joint letting agents JLL said: “Arena Point is recognised as enjoying one of the most elevated positions on the Leeds skyline making it one of the most striking and visible office buildings in Leeds city centre.
“The building features fabulous open plan floors with great views across the city.
“There is also a dedicated outside seating area/garden, overlooking the spectacular First Direct Arena, at the heart of the vibrant new Arena Quarter.
Oliver Stainsby of Colliers added: “We are delighted to have advised Interserve throughout their relocation process, securing excellent quality Refurbishment by WATERHOUSE and cost effective office accommodation at Arena Point.
“Interserve’s desire to locate within the ever improving Arena Quarter endorses the district as a desirable office location with excellent staff amenities.”