Northern Bear were appointed as main contractor on the ‘Kirkleatham Innovation Centre’ project by UK Steel. The project comprised of the redevelopment of various phases within the occupied Innovation Centre. The phases were split in 4 key areas of work, i.e. Phase 1 offices including a separate kitchen area and gym with changing area and toilet cubicles, Phase 2 reception, Phase 3 staircase, lobby and kitchen, Phase 4 small reception.
The centre comprises of several buildings which are occupied by various tenants, some of which worked 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The refurbishment works had to be split into phases, to allow works to be co-ordinated with the various tenants.
Phase 1 – office, gym, changing rooms and toilet cubicles, works to these areas comprised of isolation, strip out and full re-build, access to these areas were fully segregated with access only for the contractors. The tenants had to be directed away from the work area using the appropriate signage, barriers, temporary protection to floor finishes, etc.
Phase 2 – Reception, we temporary relocated the client into an area including all temporary services, allowing the temporary reception to be used during the refurbishment. Upon completion of the new Reception area, the temporary Reception area was removed allowing the next phase of work to commence.
Phase 3 – Staircase, was a refurbishment of the main staircase, before works commenced we had to set up and relocate the access to another staircase, which included temporary signage, barriers, etc.
Phase 4 – Lobby & Kitchen, works to these areas were again occupied and before works commenced temp signage, protection, barriers, etc. had to be set up to direct the tenants away from our work area. All phases were coordinated, completed and operational as planned with minimal disruption to the centre and tenants.