A number of Local Authority refurbishments have taken place this year and in particular this project for Bath & North East Somerset Council (B&NES).
The project was secured through the B&NES framework and comprised of an internal re-fit and refurbishment of Keynsham Civic Centre, a large 4-storey office building completed in 2014.
The project was required to allow a greater number of B&NES employees to use the building in new collaborative ways, reducing the reliance on desk layouts for a more open arrangement to encourage mixing of teams. This change was supported by the council's Blended Working Charter mixing home working and office-based work.
The building was operational throughout meaning that the works were phased to different wings/floors and a managed approach was adopted to access, fire strategy and minimising interaction or conflicts with building users.
The works consisted of soft-strip and light demolition of meeting rooms, office areas and kitchenettes, followed by the installation on the upper floors of large Tea points and collaborative spaces, new open plan office areas with call booths, and an enhanced self-service cafeteria and dining area. Additionally works included a new remodelled reception area, a medical room, a new shower room and bicycle storage area on the ground floor.
The project was a success and a full set of images is available on our projects page.