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High quality refurb for NHS staff nears end

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Meridian Court, Glasgow, NHSAn eight month project aimed at refurbishing a building to provide office accommodation for NHS National Services Scotland is coming to a close at Meridian Court, Glasgow.

The former Glasgow headquarters of the Scottish Executive will see the basement, ground and first to fourth floors of the 5,887 sq m building being occupied by NHS National Services Scotland – a specialist organisation within NHS Scotland.

The seven-storey building will accommodate around 500 staff who are relocating from other offices in the city, while the other remaining two floors will be refurbished for future occupants.

The £7 million project is being carried out for NHS National Services Scotland by main contractors Sharkey. Project advisors are Turner & Townsend; architects are cre8architecture and mechanical and electrical consultants are Wallace Whittle.

Works include the strip out of the entire building to shell state; the replacement or refurbishment of the building services and the installation of new internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting and raised access floors, as well as complete re-decoration and the laying of new carpeting.

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services are carrying out the mechanical and electrical fit-out, including low impact installations such as daylight linking lighting controls, seasonal commissioning and inverter-driven motors.

Many of the installations are prefabricated modules, and pre-flexed luminaires are included in the scheme. For increased efficiency, existing switchgear and boiler house plant will be retained and re-used along with sub-mains cabling and pipe work in the main risers.

In addition, the first to fourth floors are being fitted out to the particular operational requirements of NHS National Services Scotland.

Their offices will be largely open plan, with partitioned areas including meeting rooms, quiet rooms, training rooms, break out areas, tea points and ‘hot’ offices.

A new reception area, a suite of meeting rooms and a staff catering facility is being created on the ground floor and the basement will include a car parking area and storage facilities.

The building is also being made fully DDA compliant, including the installation of a step lift at the reception area and the installation of toilets for disabled people (as well as general WCs) on all floors. Interplan’s Urban cubicles and solid surface vanities were specified by Cre8 Architecture. The flush fronted solid grade laminate cubicles gave the washrooms the prestigious but durable finish they needed.

All of the building systems are designed to be environmentally sustainable, including a chilled beam low energy, low cost and low maintenance cooling system.

The building is scheduled for completion this summer.

Having NHS National Services Scotland as occupants of the building is in line with the Scottish government policy of re-using surplus Scottish government space to the benefit of the taxpayer, as opposed to the commercial market.

A family business employing over 150 professionals, George Sharkey started as a sole trader of Joinery Services in 1969. Both sons, Scott and Stephen joined the company in the early eighties where they worked their way up through the ranks starting as apprentice joiners.

In 1998, they became joint managing directors and rapidly expanded the company. They have now split their joint roles, with Scott operating as CEO and Stephen as group managing director, with the support of the experienced and dynamic management team.

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