Refurbishment of Masters Court office complex

Vaages Surveying
Refurbishment of Masters Court office complex 

Project: Refurbishment of Masters Court office complex
Value: £600,000
Duration: 13 weeks
Client: Vaages Surveying
Completed: July 2019

Masters Court which was built in 1986, is a small office complex located in the village of Thame, Oxfordshire. It has five office suites in total arranged over three floors which cover an area of over 10,000sq ft.

Princebuild were tasked with completing a full refurbishment of the property to enable it to be successfully let to new tenants.

Initial works included the demolition of existing partitions to create modern and light open plan office spaces. Radiators and floor boxes were removed and the concrete made good to further enhance the open plan feel and to allow for the fitting of more modern network cabling and a new air conditioning system.

Due to the age and design of the building some walls and floors were suffering from movement and were uneven. This required some remedial works including the replacement of the floor in one of the large office areas to achieve a level finish.

Another issue which had to be overcome was the restricted ceiling heights, this made the installation of necessary services such as air conditioning, electrical cabling and other pipework very tricky as we tried to preserve ever possible centimeter of ceiling space to maintain the light and airy feel the client desired.

A large element of the work included the refurbishment of the 240 existing timber windows. Each window was removed and completely refurbished as well as being converted from single to double glazing. Existing metal framed windows were removed and replaced with new timber windows made to fit the steel frames. To complete the refurbishment of the windows the frames were repaired and treated to ensure longevity.

In addition to the sensitive restoration of the windows other original features such as the ceiling rose in the main entrance, the wooden banister and the decorative lead work on the exterior of the building were all protected ensuring the character of the building was retained.

Other elements of the project included the installation of an up to date air conditioning system, a wireless alarm system, reconfiguration of, and fitting of new toilet facilities, new ceilings, floor coverings and a full redecoration throughout. All electrical, plumbing and mechanical work was completed including the fitting of a new plan room and fenced compound for the large air conditioning plant. In the latter stages of the project we were also made aware that a new external power supply would be connected after handover and additional work was carried out to facilitate this within the timescales of the project.

This was a challenging project within the thirteen week time frame with the building throwing up some challenges along the way, but with careful management, open communication and dedicated work from all on site the outcome was very successful.

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