From its roots as a soap manufacturer in the 1890s, this major multi-national has grown to a company offering more than 400 brands across a diverse range of sectors including nutrition, hygiene and personal care and employing 179,000 people in 100 countries across the world, with a turnover of €40 billion. A global market leader in all the food categories in which it operates and for skin and deodorant products, the company has 337 manufacturing sites spread across six continents, and its products are used by 150 million people worldwide.
The £6.5 million project involved a series of refurbishments to facilitate a large scale reorganisation of the site. All projects needed to be carried out while the buildings remained occupied and work carried on as usual.
The works involved extensive refurbishment of office and laboratory areas including the £1m refurbishment of a highly serviced laboratory and the £600K construction of an extension to the Environmental Research Laboratory. The extension was of traditional construction and linked to the existing building via a single corridor. Internally, the highly serviced laboratory extension was fitted out with high quality furnishings and appropriate mechanical installation to achieve specified requirements for laboratory functionality.
Refurbishment to various office areas of the main building were undertaken with specific consideration to its listed building status. Original features such as timber panelling, fireplaces and leaded glazed panels in doors, were incorporated into the design while maintaining a bright, modern atmosphere to the office. This work ran concurrently with a project to refurbish the development centre. All works were progressed whilst the client’s activities in surrounding areas carried on as normal. Throughout the duration of the project there were no lost time accidents and all phases of the project were completed on program and within budget.
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