Saltus are a client who we first moved into offices nearly twenty years ago, they decided to relocate from St James and into an old building in Old Burling Street and we were more than happy to help them once again.
Although not requiring a large office, the balance had to be struck between a functional working office and a welcoming environment suitable for a successful business.
The works were inhibited somewhat by the virus lockdown which was instigated more-or-less on the day we were due to commence work on site.
Being part of the construction industry, we were allowed to continue working but had to introduce and implement our Covid-19 protocols, as keeping everyone safe was of paramount importance.
The main impact of which was to have only one contractor operating on-site at any one time, followed by an antibacterial clean of the premises before the next contractor could be on-site, this obviously lengthened the project timescales. However, with the client sending staff to work from home we were able to operate uninterrupted.
The project itself was quite straightforward and involved creating two meeting rooms with glass partitions and metal frames sprayed to match the client brand colours and creation of an open plan working area for ten new workstations. The work, however was hindered by lengthy lead times for some essential products with the global shutdown delaying manufacture and delivery of some materials and furniture items.
The only other complication we encountered was that the telephone supplier hadn’t originally set up access to supply service to the floor we were working on, and this included not having a comms rack to connect to.
The old Georgian style building still retains their floorboards and joists which made the installation of new floor boxes, power and Cat5e network cabling slightly problematic. Thankfully with all the other companies working from home in the building we were able to complete the works without disruption to any of the other building occupants and we managed to install a simple floor standing rack to allow all comms equipment to be connected in the new office space.
As we moved the client into their new offices, we were also able to undertake dilapidations works on the old offices.