From its roots as a soap manufacturer in the 1890s, this major multi-national has grown to a company offering more than 400 brands across a diverse range of sectors including nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Its products range from soup to soap and are used by 150 million people worldwide.
A company of this size relies on efficient IT services to maintain its day to day operations. So when the client decided to restructure its IT provision and rationalise its services at a single site, a suitable office building was identified in a semi-rural location close to the Welsh border on the Wirral.
The company was aware that to attract the best IT personnel from around Europe it would have to ensure its new European IT HQ provided a very high standard of accommodation, so a £3 million refurbishment was commissioned.
Offering the client a turnkey solution for delivering the whole project, Kimpton, Trustland Construction and The Rosebery Group worked together as TKR to tackle the refurbishment project.
As part of the design & build project, TKR carried out all civil engineering, mechanical and electrical works to the building, completing structural and civil modifications to the building as required. The building had been fitted out in a very traditional style for the previous occupier, so wood panelling had to be removed and replaced with suspended ceilings, partitioning and an integrated raised computer flooring system.
To provide a comfortable working environment, TKR installed new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and security systems were also given a high priority with features including fire alarm and detection systems, CCTV and card access all forming part of the project.
The project also involved complex electrical fit out, including category 5e, fibre optic and multipair backbone cabling systems. TKR manufactured and supplied electrical switchgear and control panel equipment and installed standby power generation and UPS systems to ensure the building remains operational in the event of an electrical outage.
The 29-week project was completed on time and within budget.