Sample Contracts - Queens Anne’s Gate

‘A major refurbishment of Government property to bring the building up to the most stringent of modern environmental standards.’

Client: Land Securities, for the Ministry of Justice
Contractor: Skanska-Private
Scope: Full Design, Partitions, Linings, Shell & Core works and fit-out.
Value: £2.75 million
Duration: 15 months
Architect: Aukett Fitzroy Robinson

This listed building was originally built in 1977 to provide almost half a million square feet of office space for the Home Office and is now occupied by the Ministry of Justice (formerly the Department of Constitutional Affairs). It was stripped back to its shell and refurbished to exacting modern standards, including an assessment of “Excellent” under the BREEAM scheme for environmental assessment. It was also a WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) funded project.

With careful design, resourcing and installation processes Lightweight Drywall were able to reduce waste to half the levels normally expected from our trade.

Lightweight Drywall were awarded Skanska’s Environmental Trade Contractor of the Year award for the major contribution made to these overall achievements.

There was a large volume of work for Lightweight Drywall, carried out on numerous simultaneous work faces and with some tough design and logistical challenges.

This included the construction of specialist blast resistant partitions in several locations to protect occupants and contents in the event of an explosion and demanding stringent checks to ensure correct construction.

All design had to be carried out in the context of refurbishment conditions, allowing for errors in or damage to existing base build elements and being careful to ensure the newly installed systems performed as intended.

The thermal performance of the building had to be brought up to contemporary standards taking into account the existing structure and spatial constraints.

Access was achieved mostly by using the existing apertures in the building, meaning large quantities of material being handled through windows and careful forethought being required for the safe and convenient movement and accommodation of personnel.

‘Successful completion of the drywall in this project was thanks to our ability and willingness to adapt and to apply existing knowledge to new challenges.’

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