Unity House

TKR Helps Multi-National Make the Upgrade

The Client

From its roots as a soap manufacturer in the 1890's, 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. Its products range from soup to soap and are used by 150 million people worldwide.

The Challenge

A company of this size relies on efficient IT services to maintain its day to day operations. So when the client decided to restructure its IT provision and rationalise its services at a single site, a suitable office building was identified in a semi-rural location close to the Welsh border on the Wirral.

The company was aware that to attract the best IT personnel from around Europe it would have to ensure its new European IT HQ provided a very high standard of accommodation, so a £3 million refurbishment was commissioned.

The Solution

The appointment of TKR presented the client with a turnkey solution for the refurbishment project.

As part of the design & build project, TKR carried out all civil engineering, mechanical and electrical works to the building, completing structural and civil modifications as required. The office block had been fitted out in a very traditional style for the previous occupier, so a general strip out of cellular offices to create open plan spaces with raised access floors and suspended ceilings was required.

The second floor offices were converted into a coffee shop with roof top terrace, a dental surgery, kitchen and conference rooms. The old Council chamber was converted into a lecture room and conference facility. A new entrance lobby and canopy was constructed with an open plan reception area with glazed screens and revolving doors. Finally, in the basement of the building, a staff restaurant, a kitchen and staff training rooms were constructed.

To provide a comfortable working environment, TKR installed new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, and security systems were also given a high priority with features including fire alarm and detection systems, CCTV and card access all forming part of the project.

The project also involved complex electrical fit out, including category 5e, fibre optic, multipair backbone cabling systems. Refurbishment and replacement of electrical services to accommodate in the region of 500 personnel was necessary. TKR manufactured and supplied electrical switchgear and control panel equipment and installed standby power generation and UPS systems to ensure the building remains operational in the event of an electrical outage.

To enhance security at the building, TKR installed alarm systems, CCTV, sophisticated card access systems and a barrier entry system to the park.

The 29-week project was completed on time and within budget.

Unity House
This refurbishment was part of a major strategic move by the client as it brought all its IT helpdesk functions together from across Europe into a single building.
The building upgrade not only had to provide for the client's practical needs, it also had to have enough 'wow' factor to attract high calibre IT professionals to work at the site and we delivered that - on schedule and within budget.
Following the success of the scheme TKR has since carried out a number of additional upgrade projects on the building, including fit out of a contemporary coffee bar and refurbishment of restaurant areas and toilets.

Tom Topping , Chairman, TKR