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Cat A Refurbishment of Commercial Office Space at 44 Paul Street, London

The project at 44 Paul Street in London involved a Category A (Cat A) refurbishment of approximately 5000 sqft of commercial office space over two floors. The client, WSW Projects Ltd, contracted Proton Built Environment as the main contractor to carry out the refurbishment. The project had a value of £400,000 and a duration of 12 weeks. The scope of services provided by the consulting firm included a feasibility study, CGI design, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) design services, and obtaining statutory consents.

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44 PAUL STREET
LONDON

Client Requirements:

The client, WSW Projects Ltd, had specific requirements for the Cat A refurbishment project. They wanted the services to be exposed throughout the open plan office area, and they needed computer-generated images (CGI) to visualise the finished scheme. The MEP design needed to be efficient and energy-efficient, with LED lighting, lighting controls, air handling units, and a VRV (variable refrigerant volume) multi-split air conditioning system. The existing MEP systems needed to be completely replaced to meet the latest energy-efficient design standards. Additionally, a redundant standby generator on the roof needed to be removed to free up space for the new plant installation.

Services Provided:

The consulting firm provided a feasibility study to assess the viability of the project and determine the best approach for the Cat A refurbishment. They also produced CGI designs to help the client visualise the finished space. MEP design services were provided, including the design of LED lighting, efficient lighting controls, air handling units, and a VRV multi-split air conditioning system for the new open plan space and toilet core. The consulting firm also obtained the necessary statutory consents for the project.

Challenges and Solutions:

One of the main challenges of the project was the requirement to expose the services throughout the open plan office area. This required careful planning and coordination to ensure that the services were integrated seamlessly into the design and did not disrupt the aesthetics of the space. The consulting firm worked closely with the client and the main contractor to develop a design that met this requirement while also maintaining the functionality and efficiency of the MEP systems.

Conclusion:

The Cat A refurbishment project at 44 Paul Street was successfully completed within the 12-week duration and met the client's requirements for exposed services throughout the open plan office area. The CGI designs provided by the consulting firm helped the client visualise the finished space, and the MEP design and installations met the latest energy-efficient design standards. The removal of the redundant standby generator on the roof freed up space for the new plant installation, improving the overall functionality and efficiency of the MEP systems. The successful completion of the project contributed to the enhancement of the commercial office space at 44 Paul Street, London, and satisfied the client's requirements for a Cat A refurbishment.

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