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    modern space at a Liverpool landmark
    MITIE’S WORK FOR BRUNTWOOD AT THE PLAZA




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                 HEN WE STARTED WORK FOR BRUNTWOOD AT                      building is transformed prior to letting. We have so far refurbished

                 CITY TOWER IN MANCHESTER, THE TEAM WAS                    three floors of the building: two of these have been refurbished
                                                                           to Category A standard, which has involved stripping the existing
                 UNAWARE THAT IT WOULD LEAD TO ANOTHER
                                                                           floor back to core and reinstating new mechanical and electrical
    LARGER PROJECT AT ONE OF LIVERPOOL’S MOST
                                                                           installations, fitting suspended ceilings, lighting, wall and floor
    IMPOSING BUILDINGS - THE PLAZA.
                                                                           fi nishes, raised floor access and WCs, and decorating all areas. One
                                                                           of the three floors has been refurbished to Category B standard,

    Bruntwood is one of the North West’s most acquisitive property         which includes all fixtures and fittings, a kitchen, a comms room,

    companies, providing modern conventional and serviced office            and demountable partition systems that create a bespoke cellular

    space to its customers from an extensive portfolio of over 80          office lay out. Two more floors are underway and a further four floors

    buildings in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. The fi rst    are due to commence sequentially over the coming months and

    contract we won for Bruntwood was to refurbish the 25th floor at City   well into this fi nancial year.

    Tower, and the level of service delivered by the team convinced
                                                                           Running a phased completion means that Bruntwood’s customers
    Bruntwood to award us the refurbishment of the next six floors in the
                                                                           can move in as soon as the relevant floor is fi nished, and well-known
    building too. Whilst that project has since completed, our work for
                                                                           global names such as Maersk, Arup and Intrum Justitia are already
    the company is continuing with a second and similar contract at
                                                                           in situ at The Plaza, ensuring that valuable office space is not left
    The Plaza in Liverpool.
                                                                           dormant. Given that these customers are operational during normal

    Bruntwood bought the striking 15-storey building with the aim of       office hours, our team is making every effort not to disrupt them

    remodelling it extensively. The largest single floor plate is in the    during the current refurbishment work, which is often carried out in
                                                                           the evenings and at weekends to avoid causing a distraction.
4   region of 46,000 sq. ft., and every aspect of each floor in the
                                                                         “ Since launching The Plaza, we’ve
                                                                           experienced more pre-emptive
Our work with MITIE’s Engineering division, which is delivering
mechanical, electrical and air conditioning services to the various        interest in renting space here than
floors, is transforming the space into accommodation suitable
                                                                           for any other property owned
for both large blue-chip companies as well as more modestly
sized local businesses. Our Contracts Manager for the project,             by Bruntwood. We have been
Peter Mather, says: “MITIE has moulded a team that thoroughly
                                                                           delighted with the way MITIE
understands Bruntwood’s needs and ensures that collective
responsibility is taken for delivering the highest quality of service.     has demonstrated its extensive
We’ve achieved a strong relationship with Bruntwood as well as a
                                                                           understanding and experience in
blueprint that will help us work together effectively in the future.”
                                                                           working for Bruntwood, as well as
                                                                           an attention to detail and excellent
                                                                           project management.
                                                                           David Guest
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                                                                           REGIONAL DIRECTOR, BRUNTWOOD

				
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