Founded in 1996 by Sir Paul McCartney and Mark Featherstone-Witty, the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is dedicated to providing the best teaching and learning for people who want to pursue a lasting career in the arts and entertainment economy, whether as performers or those who make performance possible.
The original project involved the complete refurbishment of the Grade II listed building which dated back to 1825 and had formerly been McCartney’s old grammar school.
Conversion of the original site into LIPA required a highly complex building refurbishment, with Kimpton’s Contracts Division responsible for the original mechanical services installation at the site. The need to maintain the overall character of the listed building whilst accommodating the specific heating, ventilation and acoustic requirements of a modern auditorium venue presented a very challenging project.
Having successfully completed this and gained such detailed knowledge and understanding of the equipment and site, Kimpton Energy Solutions have been retained ever since to carry out the service and maintenance contract
A rolling planned preventative maintenance (PPM) programme sees Kimpton Energy Solutions maintain monthly checks and assessment of all building services plant, augmented by call-outs and breakdown response in the event of any unforeseen problems.
A wide range of high efficient boiler plant, air handling and air conditioning units, pumps and pipe work require ongoing service and maintenance with additional dedicated bi-annual programmes of work carried out by Kimpton at Christmas and LIPA’s ‘dark period’ in July when academic activities are at their quietest, and inconvenience to staff and pupils can be minimised.
The Plaza is a showpiece building for Bruntwood in Liverpool and we have since made it our own headquarters in the city. To reflect this, we needed to ensure that the fit out was of the highest quality, whilst maintaining the high levels of service our tenants expect from Bruntwood.