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Chartered Institute of Building Award for complex Grade-I listed scheme

Work carried out by two divisions of the G&H Group on the renovation of a Grade I-listed building in Leeds played a key role in the client winning a coveted industry award.

CBRE Managed Services’ Developer Team won the Collaborative Working title in the Chartered Institute of Building’s Humber and West Yorkshire Awards held at the New Dock Hall, Leeds.

It relates to the Leeming Housing project that CBRE remodelled to create 29,000 sq ft of workspace over four floors on behalf of the Freshwater Group.

G&H Building Services designed, installed and commissioned all mechanical and electrical services as part of a £1.2 million contract with CBRE.

The brief was to provide a complete design and build mechanical and electrical package to create an interior of modern, minimalistic Scandinavian influence while incorporating original features such as original oak walling and ceiling mouldings.

Electrically, power was refurbished to all four floors of office spaces, to communal and private kitchenettes, showers and WCs, the reception and breakout areas.

Stairwells were also fully refurbished and LED lighting introduced throughout.

G&H Fabrication modified the existing gas pipework to provide a bespoke solution to suit the new boiler layout. The mechanical header for the plant room skid was also built offsite.

Constructed in 1904 and originally conceived as the traders’ offices for Leeds City Markets, Leeming House is one of the city’s most distinctive landmarks.

Contracts Manager at G&H Group, Neil Blunt, said: “Receiving industry recognition demonstrates the high standard of work carried out by all involved and is good example of our work in partnership with others, most notably CBRE.

“Due to the restrictions associated with a Grade I-listed building we liaised closely with CBRE to ensure the best way for our services to be installed while meeting the brief.

“For example, it meant we had to work closely with them to feed new pipework through existing floor spaces and joists and run refrigerant pipework through heritage areas to power floor mounted air conditioning units.

“The city centre location with limited access meant we had to work in tandem with CBRE to ensure they were ready for our equipment to be delivered onsite and equally that we were in a position to install when they needed us to move the scheme forward.”

CIOB Leeds Hub Chair, David Pearce, said: “These awards celebrate the region’s commitment to building communities and highlight the broad spectrum of construction excellence delivered by businesses working in the area.

“They demonstrate what can be achieved through strong partnerships, a clear vision and delivery through high quality implementation.

“We were overwhelmed at quality of the entries we received. The winners are all very deserving of their awards and we look forward to seeing them again next year and finding out more about their ongoing and future programmes of work.”

More details about this project can be read in this case study.

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