Howard Court, located in Runcorn, is a commercial building owned by Western Power Distribution, a prominent power distribution network serving the Midlands, South Wales, and the South East. The existing structure featured office accommodations on the ground floor and unused laboratory space on the upper floor. In an effort to prepare the building for occupancy by Merseyflow, the official toll operator for the Mersey Gateway bridge, a comprehensive refurbishment project was deemed necessary. This endeavour included the demolition of the first-floor space. The entire project, valued at £1 million, was awarded to Krol Corlett under a design and build contract. The project had a tight 20-week deadline, given the critical need for Merseyflow to take possession of the building within their specified timeframe.
What we did
Krol Corlett embraced a design and build approach, which placed the responsibility for full design and coordination on our shoulders. This encompassed structural alterations and the mechanical and electrical services. One of the most significant challenges of the project was the demolition of the first floor, involving the removal of all structural steel and concrete. To adapt the building from a two-story to a single-story structure, a new concrete deck was constructed, and a fresh roof covering was installed.
The mechanical and electrical installation was subject to a stringent set of performance criteria set by the Krol Corlett team. This included the installation of a state-of-the-art HVAC system with heat recovery technology to maximise energy efficiency. Additionally, the internal upgrade involved the installation of a new raised access flooring system, ensuring ease of maintenance for the mechanical and electrical systems throughout the building’s service life. We also undertook the upgrade of internal finishes, giving the building a modern and appealing appearance.
To meet the demanding 20-week project deadline, a rigorous project planning and management procedure was put into action. This involved the assignment of a dedicated project manager and direct involvement from Krol Corlett’s senior leadership team. The project schedule also necessitated out-of-hours work during evenings, nights, and weekends to expedite the refurbishment process. Throughout the project, the client, Merseyflow, was kept informed about the progress in real-time, ensuring transparency and alignment with their requirements.
Howard Court’s transformation from a dated commercial building with redundant space into a modern and functional single-story facility was a total success. Our design and build approach, coupled with meticulous project management, allowed for the demolition and reconstruction necessary to meet the stringent project timeline. The building’s upgrade, including advanced mechanical and electrical systems, improved energy efficiency, and enhanced aesthetics, now positions it as a suitable headquarters for Merseyflow. A great example of how Krol Corlett delivers complex commercial refurbishment projects that meet both design and time-sensitive demands.