North East & Yorkshire

Refurbishing Derwent House

A project to refurbish and transform three levels of an existing office block in Sheffield city centre has reached completion.

Situated on Arundel Gate, The Derwent House project comprised the refurbishment of levels five, six and seven of the existing building, along with the improvement and modernisation of the site’s ground floor reception area. In addition, associated common areas within Derwent House – including corridors, washrooms and a ground floor lift lobby – also benefited from the works.

Work began on the refurbishment project in July 2012 and reached completion in December 2012. Read Associates was the main contractor on the scheme, whilst leading architectural practice DLG Architects provided all architectural services on the site. London & Regional Properties Limited was the project manager on the refurbishment scheme at Derwent House.

Commenting on the project, Read Associates Company Director, Mark Read, said:

“This was a great project to be a part of. Derwent House marked the first time that we have worked with London & Regional Properties Limited and DLG Architects. Everything ran smoothly and we are very proud of the work we have achieved, this team proved to be a great success.”

During the works, the original fixtures and fittings on the ground floor level were stripped out and replaced with new features – including new flooring, new walls, a new lighting scheme and new furniture – whilst a flat screen television was fitted into a glass panel wall. An existing accessible toilet facility was relocated from the reception area and the lift lobby benefited from new carpets, a new plaster ceiling and a full programme of redecoration.

Moving upwards in the building, levels five to seven were also redecorated, re-carpeted and given brand new suspended ceilings and light fittings. A new kitchenette was also installed on one level.

To complete the project some external work was conducted on the site, which included the installation of stunning external lighting and signage.

Commenting on the project, David Bailey of DLG Architects, said:

“For more than ten years the building has been used by the public sector and housed employees from Sheffield City Council. Moving forward it will now be used by the private market, which means there are certain expectations that private users would have when looking into a property like this.

“Prior to our involvement on the scheme, the building had been very well maintained, however the decor was quite dated and this was something that we had to address. This project was really about updating key areas of the building and bringing a new lease of life to the development for its future use.

“Derwent House needed a bit more of the ‘wow’ factor and thanks to the alterations and refurbishment works that we were involved with, this is exactly what it has now.”

David added:

“Refurbishing a building always introduces a few unique challenges and this project was no exception. Whilst the work was taking place we had tenants working on levels one to four, so we had to be mindful of noise and site access, so not to disrupt their daily schedules. It was also important that we did not cause any disruptions to their existing services.

“The aim of this scheme was to provide the client with the best value possible; creating the most impact with the least amount of money. We have worked on similar schemes to this in Leeds and London, all equally as important to us and all very much in the same vein. We drew upon past experiences, which was very useful and we are pleased with the end results.”

DLG Architects

Founded in 1972, DLG Architects is a leading architectural practice working on projects across the UK and mainland Europe. The practice is led by a team of four partners, two directors and seven associates and has offices in London and Leeds.

DLG Architects provides a flexible approach to each project and has completed work on a range of schemes, from retail and commercial developments to food production sites, schools and hospitals, amongst others.

Throughout all of its work, DLG Architects prides itself on its commitment, innovation, experience, creativity and pragmatism.

Read Associates

Based in Salford, Read Associates is a fit-out contractor specialising in projects within the commercial sector. The company has been in operation for more than seven years and has worked on many high-profile projects, including a number of schemes in Manchester.

Past projects for Read Associates include Riverside; a major rebranding scheme at Manchester’s Portland Tower; and a personal shopping area for Selfridge’s.

Read Associates Company Director, Mark Read, said:

“At Read Associates we provide a complete fit-out service; taking a project from concept through to completion. Our work includes all aspects of fit-out schemes, from the strip-out, decoration, electrics and plumbing works, through to the installation of ceilings and carpets.

“We work closely with our colleagues to ensure that we can deliver each project on time and on budget and moving forward we have schemes coming up in Birmingham and Manchester.”

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