Breckland District Council Reception Refurbishment
New Reception and Office Refurbishment – Dereham, Norfolk
Under new initiatives to share government resources, Breckland District Council working closely with Norfolk Property Services developed a scheme to incorporate the East Dereham Job Centre Plus into the council’s modern premises at Elizabeth House.
This reception and office refurbishment project was then put out to competitive tender with Acorn being the successful bidder and being appointed in December 2015. Working closely with the client’s representative in the short pre-site phase, design changes as well as mechanical and electrical options were developed further before the time critical five week build commenced on site.
Working in occupied council premises, with a requirement not to disrupt utilities and services, the stripout phase called for the reclamation, modification on site and re-use of many of the interior fittings. This was in keeping with both the client’s and Acorn’s environmental policies and objectives.
The consistent feel that Job Centre Plus wanted to achieve on all their local sites meant that the simple aesthetics had to conform to an existing set of guidelines, but more importantly had to provide greater than usual levels of thermal and particularly acoustic performance. Double boarded, acoustic infilled partition walls, sit comfortably beside double glazed windows with integral blinds and Department of Work and Pensions film applied logos, traditional oak veneer doors, modern furniture and cunningly concealed electrics.
The new disabled public toilet and baby changing facility was engineered into the constraints of this modular sectional building, while unseen air conditioning and fresh air handling systems, plumbing supplies and waste, as well as telephony, data, and power supplies were all extensively modified in concealed compartments and voids.
All works were required to conform to the building regulations and the works were passed on first inspection. The building opened its doors to its clients on time and to agreed costs.
- Office Refurbishment
- Electrical Services
- Partition Walls
- Suspended Ceilings
- Air Conditioning and Ventilation
- Bespoke Joinery
- Office Furniture
- Floor Coverings
- Disable Toilet Facilities