Office Refurbishment: Westerham, Kent
With an office fit-out there is generally an area that requires a certain amount of problem solving and on this occasion the suspended ceiling installation would need much consideration and skill.
JBH Refurbishments was called in to complete an office fit-out for a company moving to a new office in Westerham, Kent. Situated within a warehouse on a busy industrial estate, the entire office was in much need of a complete office refurbishment.
Upon inspection it was clear the flooring and suspended ceiling needed to be replaced, as they were old, worn and out-of-date. Part of the office had an exposed ceiling, with electrics and utilities clearly on display; therefore a new suspended ceiling was a must. The office also required complete redecoration of the walls, skirting boards and woodwork.
Initially JBH Refurbishments stripped out the existing suspended ceiling, flooring and prepped the walls and wood for painting. It was the ceiling however, that commanded the most attention. Due to the unforgiving sloped ceiling and low height purlings, the suspended ceiling needed to be accurately designed and installed.
Built upon a mezzanine floor within the eves of an industrial unit, sloped ceilings are common feature within warehouse offices, but the low height purlings added to the complexity of this suspended ceiling installation. The purlings were far too low to simply cover, as there would not be enough ceiling height.
Problematic Suspended Ceiling Installation – The Solution!
With the existing roof space posing two issues (the sloping roof and low purlings) JBH came up with a solution; to design and build the suspended ceiling in segments that would fit between the three problematic purlings.
The bulkheads – that define the depth of the suspended ceiling installation from the roof – were carefully installed at varying levels to achieve a smooth and even finish across the sloping roof.
The suspended ceiling grid lines had to be carefully aligned in each section to maintain a consistent line throughout the office area. To finish, the suspended ceiling was fitted with new LED lighting and an air conditioning unit to maintain a consistent ambient temperature all-year-round.
The low purlings were encased with plasterboard and finished with plaster for a seamless and subtle transition. The new, carefully considered, suspended ceiling is complimented by a brand new carpet and freshly decorated walls and skirting boards.
We understand that all the time we are working on your office refurbishment there will be an element of disruption to your business. That’s why we always aim to complete an office refurbishment within the client’s time scale.
On this particular occasion, the company collected the keys to its new office on a Friday afternoon and our team were onsite at 8am the following Monday. Having carried out a thorough site inspection in the lead up to the acquisition of the premises, we could prepare the design, labour and materials in advance. As a result the office fit- out was completed within just three weeks!
Some Before and After Photos
Supporting Office Moves
As a business grows the need for additional space becomes more apparent and an office move could be inevitable. The physical move alone can be hugely disruptive to your business, but throw an office refurbishment into the mix and that could be enough to put you off the idea.
However, as you can see from this case study, we are here to make your office move as straight forward as possible. We have supported office moves of all sizes across London, Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex for many years.
If the premises you are considering is in need of an office fit-out, before you make that all important decision and sign the dotted line, we can come and give our advice on layout, design and provide costings for a complete office refurbishment.
Dependent on the time available to prepare, we can be onsite and ready to start work as soon as you get the keys. Your office fit-out could be completed and ready for you to move in within three weeks.
When planning an office fit-out as part of a move, we always consider the following:
- How can we design your new office to really represent your business? We always look at the nature of your business, your branding and company ethos before embarking on any designs for your new office.
- Is the current set-up suitable for your business? Do you need a partitioned office space or boardroom? Alternatively, you may prefer an open plan office, but the current set up is partitioned?
- Will your preferred furniture arrangement fit? How does this correspond with this existing electrical cabling? You need accessible power supply and data cabling for each of your team members.
- What is the general condition of the walls, suspended ceiling, flooring and partitioning? Does it need replacing, or can it be repaired?
- Will you require any additional utilities and facilities, such as air conditioning, plumbing, AV equipment, new washrooms, tea point or small kitchen?
There is plenty to consider when moving office, so let us relieve some of the pressure. Contact our team of professional project managers for helpful advice.