The Covid-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the way many organizations work and operate, including One Manchester. They acknowledged that remote working would continue for many staff members, and although face-to-face meetings had resumed, video conferencing through tools like Microsoft Teams would remain an important part of meetings in the future.
Following a review of their office location to understand the options for the future use of their building, the decision was taken to refurbish Lovell House to create a more agile working environment and reduce office space from three to two floors. The decision to refurbish was also influenced by the existing H-VAC systems in Lovell House, which were found to be failing and in need of a complete replacement.
Arcus was brought on board to act as Employer’s Agent, Quantity Surveyor, and CDM Consultant for the project. However, complications arose concerning the M&E Services package design and interfacing it with the tenant on the third floor. There were delays and negotiations over costs, leading to the appointment of a new M&E consultant to reduce costs without sacrificing system performance. One Manchester also decided to rebrand their business, which impacted the office finish and layout.
To avoid cost increases, Arcus worked closely with suppliers and the rebranding team to meet deadlines. The project met new building regulations, and collaboration between all parties prevented re-work and future costs.
The client and staff at One Manchester were delighted with the finished project and were clearly excited to occupy their new office space.