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Heron House, Manchester

“It is to Cruden's credit that the project has been delivered successfully, given the phasing, time scales and budgetary constraints“ Alison Phipps, Principal Technical Officer - Manchester City Council

Project: Heron House Office Refurbishments

Employer: Manchester City Council

Procurement Framework: Manchester City Council Small Works Framework

Location: Manchester

Value: £1,100,000 (all phases)

Programme: 7 Phases between 6 and 15 weeks

Works Description: Heron House on Lloyd Street, Manchester is a 6 storey structure and a vibrant public building accommodating a variety of council services and at street level, restaurants, bars and retail outlets.

The works were undertaken over seven phases in various locations within the office environments, requiring care and coordination to complete the works without causing any disturbance to the building occupants or day to day operations.

The new office accommodation was designed as semi open plan office environments with a small number of individual rooms. The focus and meeting rooms were designed to provide private self-contained areas and new staff facilities were provided by means of newly formed utility rooms.

The works comprised stripping out and upgrading mechanical, electrical and ICT services, including fire alarm, emergency lighting and door entry systems. New curved profile partitions and screen systems, carpet tiles, sheet vinyl, decoration and suspended ceilings were installed as well as fully fitted staff kitchens and break out spaces.

Close liaison with the on-site security team, restaurants, bar owners and council officers was undertaken with out of hours working, coordinated deliveries, waste stream removal, access and material storage/handling protocols agreed and implemented.

Group Delivery Company: Cruden Property Services Ltd – Projects Division