Statement Manchester office building with show-stopping reception

Overbury successfully refurbished and enhanced the ground floor entrance, atrium, and lift lobbies, added basement bike storage and electric car charging stations and completed Cat A finish refurbishments on three floors of the centrally located Manchester building, all while minimising disruption to tenants and adhering to building management protocols.

Project partners

  • Space Invader Design
  • RLB
  • Avid Property Consultants
  • David Webb Associates
"Your site protocols in terms of site set up, health and safety and sustainability are great. Aviva love to see that sort of information upfront and it was all there for them, along with the subsequent reports"

Lee Jones, Avid Property Consultants

Key features

  • Work in occupation
  • Retain and attract tenants
  • Refurbishment of reception and atrium
  • Feature lighting and joinery

Project description

Overbury refurbished and enhanced the existing ground floor main entrance reception and atrium space – including new feature lighting and joinery. A new bike storage/ changing facility was provided in the basement together with installation of new electric car charging stations.

The upper floor lift lobbies were refurbished, together with the existing back of house toilets and lobbies including redecoration of the back of house stairwell and new rooftop plant and a plant screen. Three floors were also refurbished to Cat A finish.

Prime building, prime location

The building is located in the centre of Manchester, surrounded by leisure, retail and commercial offices and had limited access, with existing tenants remaining in situ throughout. To safeguard building users, we created a new temporary entrance and reception with a ‘light fit out’ to ensure that the building still had a ‘Main Reception’ feel to it.

Maintaining the status quo

Working within the occupied space required the absolute minimum of noise and disturbance to tenants, staff, visitors, clients and pedestrians. Our key focus was therefore on:

  • Noisy works – all disruptive work took place out of hours.
  • Building Management liaison - following our pre-start meeting we organised regular review meetings and newsletters to ensure the landlord and tenants were kept up to speed with works as they progressed.
  • Interface with building systems - we liaised regularly with the building manager and building engineering team to agree on upcoming works. We were also diligent in making sure that works authorisation and permits were in place, and that we complied with all the rules set out by the facilities management team.

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