Industrial unit refurbishment for Wartsila

  • London Metric
  • Portsmouth
  • Manufacturing/Precision Engineering
  • £792K
  • 6 months
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At Wartsila we undertook the refurbishment of a 32,000 sq. ft industrial unit. The works comprised cladding decorations, new windows and doors, new entrance with feature canopy, new warehouse AC system, new toilets and kitchens, lift installation and external landscaping.

A key challenge on this project was that the building had to remain operational throughout. Works needed to be programmed and managed to account for the c.100 people and numerous items of high-value machinery that would be present while refurbishment activities took place over and around them. As a result, we undertook significant working out of normal hours and carefully managed access requirements across the internal space to ensure health and safety standards were maintained.

In addition, due to the nature of the client’s business, all operatives were required to undertake a stringent site induction to comply with security protocols and measures to protect intellectual property. All additional client requirements were incorporated into our construction phase plan and site practices.

In the large warehouse area (25,000 sq ft), precision components are manufactured for the ship-building industry. We installed a new AC system covering the entire space, working in, around and over the fixed equipment.

We also completed a series of improvements to the welfare facilities. The restaurant and all existing kitchenettes and bathrooms were fully refurbished. New DDA WCs were installed, as well as a new DDA lift between the main reception and offices on the first floor.

Externally, we completed a full renovation of the building façade. This included decoration of the metal clad curtain wall system, replacement of all windows and doors, and installation of a new main entrance with a striking canopy. Landscaping works were also undertaken around the front entrance to improve aesthetics and allow for the provision of a compliant DDA ramp.

With regards to the windows and doors, our brief was to replace them without disrupting the building users and without damaging the internal and external wall finishes. To minimise disruption, we carefully phased work using a movable bespoke internal hoarding system, and installed bespoke window trims to avoid any subsequent making good.

The new entrance canopy transformed the outside of the building with a sleek, modern finish.