Complex office fit-out is a breeze

The Client

Established in 1904, Danish shipping and logistics giant, Maersk, has grown into a global company employing 110,000 people in 125 countries worldwide.

The Challenge

Maersk took out a lease on floors 11 and 12 of The Plaza, a prestigious office building on Liverpool's Old Hall Street, offering the city's largest commercial floorplate. The building's owners had refurbished the two storeys but had created a 'blank canvas' office space for the new tenant to fit out to its own requirements.

Amongst those requirements was a completely new data suite to provide all the IT services to Maersk's new offices. This area had to be kept at a constant and precise temperature to ensure the smooth running of the client's IT systems and prolong the life of the hardware. Other requirements included creating rooms to suit the daily activities and functionality of the offices, incorporating all the necessary electrical services.

The Solution

The appointment of TKR as a single point of contact for the mechanical, construction and electrical services, presented a unique approach to tackling the £2 million refurbishment project.

The two 27,000 sq ft floorplates were converted into manageable work spaces, meeting rooms and offices using glazed partitions. In addition to management offices, meeting rooms and a training room, a dining area incorporating a servery and kitchen with catering capabilities for 200 staff, was installed. An impressive lobby was created with the use of real wood veneers and back painted glass, light oak floors, beech wall panelling and a bespoke reception desk constructed from oak, maple and beech. The existing air conditioning system was stripped out and replaced with the client's own specification.

For the data centre, TKR created an air tight, pressurised room within the office area, with its own air conditioning system, designed to keep the data centre at a constant temperature of 21ºC. The air conditioning system is accurate to +/- 0.5ºC and the atmosphere is controlled at 50% humidity, accurate to within +/- 5%. The team also installed complex cabling requirements to ensure the fit out was futureproofed.

The refurbishment included the in-house design and development of all the necessary electrical services, incorporating general LV power, lighting, emergency lighting, new fire alarm and a comprehensive audio visual system.

The careful planning and management of the project meant that it was completed on time, within budget and with minimal disruption to the existing site.

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Construction of the functioning office environment, complete with purpose built rooms, reception area, data suite and restaurant, was managed in its entirety by TKR ensuring the whole process was both efficient and convenient. By ensuring Maersk have a data centre where both the temperature and humidity are accurately controlled, they can dramatically reduce the nuisance failure rate of systems and avoid the stress of an unstable environment for their equipment, prolonging its life. TKR's one-stop-shop approach to delivering the project and the professionalism of all involved ensured that the fit out was delivered promptly and to the very highest standards.

Tom Topping, Chairman, TKR