The brief required a complete refurbishment of the ground floor reception and first floor office of the Focus Point building in Regents Quarter, Kings Cross. The project included the upgrade and refurbishment of the existing floor-fed warm air heating system to a more environmentally friendly standard that will be replicated throughout the remaining floors. The client also required the creation of welcoming usable spaces for new tenants on the existing external terraces and replacement of the office floor tiled ceiling with an open plan ceiling and raft lighting.
The new ceiling was created with bespoke rafts and exposed soffits which became a unique feature of the project. Key detailing and a mock-up of the raft with lighting fitted was instrumental in identifying buildability and final aesthetic look. We worked closely with the appointed mechanical and electrical consultant and liaised with the building maintenance team to provide a solution for the BMS system. The existing terraces were not designed as usable or lettable spaces. Removing obstacles and designing a softer solution to the boundaries resulted in some great outside spaces that will add to the overall appeal of this floor.
The project was completed without any disruption to existing tenants due to the consideration of the Area team, running noisy works outside of board meetings. The ceiling rafts were built and finished in-situ. Creating the desired sharp lines in plaster skim was challenging but all parties involved rose to the challenge. We replaced the old York BMS system with a new Trend system while keeping them both working side by side.
Working with the out of date existing HVAC system, we provided a solution that could be utilised throughout all other floors in phases resulting in a fully up to date system for the whole building. We liaised closely with the lighting supplier to provide bespoke solutions at minimal additional cost to the client and partnered with the design team to ensure the mechanical and electrical systems were future proofed with regard to any incoming Cat B fit-out.