When the current tenants vacated the second floor of the Form 1 building in Hook, global real estate investment company Kennedy Wilson, instructed Area to complete the Cat A works to prepare the space for market.
Working with Kennedy Wilson’s project manager and M&E consultant CBRE, we were tasked with developing Form 1 into a modern open-plan Cat A space.
Following substantial demolition works at the project outset, work then commenced on upgrading the building’s services. The air conditioning system was reset to achieve its original design characteristics, a brand new metal SAS ceiling system was installed, and energy efficient LED lighting was also fitted throughout. The existing mechanical system had previously been altered to sufficiently work for a commercial kitchen and restaurant. This system was stripped out and rebuilt to work with an open-plan design.
Due to Form 1 being an older building, the scope of works also included encapsulating ceiling void fire barriers and the repair of some of the external cladding and insulation. Other external works were carried out to increase parking capacity, making it more appealing choice for potential tenants.
To give the open-plan space a desirable look and feel, the existing raised access flooring was retained and thoroughly cleaned to return it to its original polished look. The lighting, air conditioning grills and ceiling finishes were all carefully selected to ensure they all complemented each other and were in-keeping with the finished look.
"Area successfully delivered the project on time and on budget. They acted professionally and worked well with the different stake holders both on and off site."
Giles York, Asset Manager, Kennedy Wilson Europe
Taylor Wimpey had agreed to lease 30% of the total floor area upon completion of works. This meant the scope of works needed to be carefully co-ordinated to ensure that their allocated area was prioritised and completed before the rest of the works.