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    Conversion of warehouse to open plan office

    The Client

    A specialist litigation practice with expertise in claimant, defendant and fraud services, This firm of Solicitors operates out of a regional office located in Chelmsford as well as its new head office in Liverpool, a site on which Kimpton has been extensively involved.

    Conversion of warehouse to open plan office by Kimpton

    The Project

    The Client recognised the potential benefit of an open plan office but due to the size of its practice was unable to achieve its aim within Liverpool City Centre. Instead, it chose to refurbish a 30,000 sq. ft. dockside warehouse within a short distance of the city centre. The conversion of what was originally a grain warehouse into state of the art luxury offices represented a new challenge for Kimpton. A fully occupied office dictated a cooling requirement of approximately 500Kw. The client was eager to maintain the cavernous ceilings for aesthetic reasons and the systems chosen needed to be sympathetic to this design.

    The Solution

    Kimpton proposed the use of low-velocity textile ducting to convey conditioned air in a draught-free manner to the open areas, whilst more conventional VRF systems were used under the mezzanine and in meeting rooms. The system’s efficiency was enhanced via the introduction of modulating gas burners, frequency inverting motors and de-stratification fan sets. All of this, from design to commissioning, had to be completed within a five-month period.

    Office and facilities manager, Joyce Duncan Carroll has worked with Kimpton on various heating and cooling system installations and service and maintenance projects at different office buildings for over 20 years. When it came to this major relocation and refurbishment project she was delighted when Kimpton won the work in a competitive tender.

    Key Statement

    “Due to this project’s tight deadline and the requirement for a complete solution that involved design, build and installation, we had to work with a company that we could trust to produce a high level of technical competence and deliver the project on schedule alongside all other contractors involved, on time and in budget. As our retained maintenance contractors for many years on several office buildings, Kimpton has a good understanding of our business and operational needs and we have developed a relationship where we implicitly trust and value their technical input and advice.

    Completion of this project on schedule, enabling us to successfully relocate 200 employees without disruption to day to day legal business was critical”

    Joyce Duncan Carroll, Office and facilities manager

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