ISG gets £13m Corn Exchange project

ISGISG has been awarded a £13 million contract by Queensberry Real Estate to transform Manchester’s historic Grade II listed Corn Exchange into a four star boutique hotel.

The project involves the refurbishment of levels 2-5 of the iconic building, creating a 114-bedroom ‘aparthotel’ for operator Roomzzz.

The scheme is the second phase of a wider £30 million investment to develop the building as a major leisure destination, and follows the refurbishment of ground and first floor levels as restaurant and bar accommodation, all of which will remain operational throughout the project’s duration.

Commencing in mid-August, the scheme sees ISG carrying out remedial works to the roof structure, as well as the installation of a cantilevered scaffold system at first floor level.

ISG will then make significant structural alterations to the building’s floor slabs to introduce new service risers to accommodate the hotel’s modern mechanical and electrical infrastructure.

Andy McLinden, ISG’s Northern managing director, said: “The former Corn Exchange in Manchester is a very special and much-loved building and its latest evolution builds on the growing trend for hybrid guest accommodation in the city.

It’s a great challenge and an environment where we positively thrive as a business and there is a great deal of anticipation to get underway with the transformation of this iconic Manchester landmark.”

ISG secures Asda’s first Level 2 BIM scheme

ISG secures Asda's first Level 2 BIM schemeISG is set to deliver Asda’s first Level 2 BIM (Building Information Modelling) project after securing a £10 million development contract in Clacton-on-Sea that will boost economic growth.

BIM methodology has its foundation in project collaboration, efficient working practices and the instant accessibility of highly-detailed building services data for asset planning.

The contractor was appointed to Asda’s influential global BIM steering group in 2014 and following trial BIM projects at the company’s new Barry store in South Wales and the Beeston store in Leeds – Asda has now awarded its first full Level 2 project to ISG.

The 35,000 sq ft Clacton store is being constructed on the site of a former multi-occupancy retail development in the popular Essex town.

Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director, said: “The Clacton-on-Sea project represents the culmination of a journey by Asda into advanced collaborative working practices, where ISG has played a key role as a trusted project partner and influencer.

In a sector where operational costs and asset management are critical, BIM not only creates efficiency benefits during the build phase but also throughout the service life of the store and we are thrilled to be working with Asda on such a milestone project.”

ISG wins first scheme on North West Framework

ISG wins first scheme on North West FrameworkISG has secured the first contract to be awarded under the renewed North West Construction Hub Medium Value Framework – a £2 million education scheme for Manchester City Council.

The company was reappointed to the NWCH Medium Value Framework after delivering public sector projects across the North West valued in excess of £124 million on the previous capital works framework.

The scheme involves the refurbishment of a former local authority care home in Longsight, Manchester to create replacement special educational needs (SEN) facilities for Rodney House School.

The refurbishment scheme will enable Rodney House to consolidate its specialist facilities on a single site, as well as providing the expansion space needed for the school to accommodate extra pupils.

The main project sees the existing building extensively remodelled to accommodate the change of use, with structural alterations to form new entrances and reconfiguration of internal walls.

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, said: “The NWCH Framework has proved instrumental over the past four years in bringing key community projects to site quickly and cost effectively.

The renewed framework continues this forward thinking ethos and we are delighted to be working to deliver purpose-built facilities for Rodney House School, which will enable the school to provide support and education to a greater number of children in the East Manchester area.”

ISG wins Oxford Uni development scheme

ISG wins Oxford Uni development schemeISG has been awarded a contract to refurbish and extend the University of Oxford’s Tinbergen Building, encompassing around 600,000 sq ft of space.

The contractor will also build and fit out a new three-storey structure to create a suite of highly-specified undergraduate laboratories for the Department of Chemistry, sympathetically designed to reflect the building’s architectural ethos.

The phased refurbishment and upgrade of the existing accommodation includes teaching, research and write up areas.

ISG will deploy silent sheet piling installation methods to enable the basement level to be excavated for the new build element of the scheme.

The new chemistry teaching laboratories will provide undergraduates with world-class practical laboratory facilities, with ISG installing 60 fume cupboards – each with separate extract outlets, medical gas supplies and robust safety systems.

ISG is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating for the new chemistry teaching laboratory. Sustainable measures include the installation of external solar shading, an extensive roof-mounted photovoltaic panel array, advanced heat recovery system and connection into the university’s combined heat and power (CHP) district heating system.

Paul Sharp, divisional director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, said: “ISG’s niche expertise in this sector and our proven track record delivering new build and operational refurbishments gives us a richly compelling market proposition, which sees us securing an increasing volume of quality opportunities with customers operating some of the most highly engineered and technologically advanced buildings in the UK.”

£16.9m Dixon House Scheme gets underway

£16.9m Dixon House Scheme gets underwayISG has been awarded a £16.9 million refurbishment project by independent property investment company, GreenOak, at Dixon House, 72-75 Fenchurch Street.

Located in the heart of the City of London, the seven-storey Grade II listed office building will undergo partial demolition and the addition of three new floors as part of an ambitious programme to transform and upgrade the property.

ISG will deliver 60,000 sq ft of contemporary Cat A open plan office accommodation. The contractor will systematically demolish the existing building down to the fourth floor slab and remove two staircases across the lower part of the building.

The contractor will also demolish a significant central area of the remaining structure down to basement level to enable complete reconfiguration of the building core. A new triple lift shaft will then be constructed within this central area.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, said: “This latest scheme plays to our significant strengths delivering highly complex structural refurbishments in logistically challenging and busy locations. Dixon House is set to become an excellent showcase for those visionary owners looking to transform their outdated property assets to maximise demand and commercial value.”

ISG Wins £12.4m Derwent Office Scheme

ISGISG has been awarded a £12.4 million fast-track project to refurbish a prominent office building on Whitechapel High Street for Derwent London.

The former RBS office will be extensively remodelled internally to provide 200,000 sq ft of high-specification Cat A space, including provision of a new entrance and open plan reception area.

The eight-storey building in London’s fast-growing Tech Belt area will be systematically stripped out, enabling ISG to reconfigure the ground floor space and seven levels of office accommodation.

Structural alterations will be made at ground floor level, with the partial infill of the existing atrium, to create a spacious and contemporary reception, with open plan break out areas, informal meeting space and new retail units. A feature entrance with a new steel portal is set to enhance the building’s visual appeal.

The project includes the upgrade of mechanical and electrical infrastructure and the installation of new generators to ensure resilience for new tenants. The project location is close to ISG’s head office in Aldgate and reflects the continuing demand for high-specification office accommodation in this strategic location.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, commented: “Office construction activity within the immediate vicinity of our head office has significantly increased over the past six months and really highlights the strong levels of occupier demand in this area.

This latest win reinforces our market leading position in complex office refurbishment and fit out, and we’re delighted to be working with Derwent London to maximise the value of this key property asset.”

ISG Wins £11m Aviva Pinnacle Scheme

ISG Wins £11m Aviva Pinnacle SchemeISG has secured its latest win with Aviva Investors, taking an £11 million scheme to refurbish Pinnacle House in Wimbledon.

ISG will transform the outdated façade of the existing building, replacing the roadside brickwork and glazed elevation with a striking scalloped curtain walling design.

Internally, the building will be comprehensively stripped back to a shell and core state, with ISG carrying out extensive structural works, replacing cores, creating a new central staircase, installing lifts and delivering new mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

Significant alterations will be made to the main entrance and public realm space, with a new ground floor reception area created.

Stuart Deverill, ISG’s Southern regional managing director, commented: “This transformational scheme will revitalise an outdated property asset in the centre of Wimbledon into a stand out office development, with a significant increase in rentable space and a striking new exterior.

This latest scheme both strengthens our existing relationship with Aviva Investors and reinforces our specialist credentials delivering complex, structural office refurbishment projects in logistically challenging environments.”

ISG set for a £10m school revamp

ISG set for a £10m school revampISG has been awarded a £10 million project to transform a disused leisure centre into a new free school in East Leeds as part of the EFA Framework.

The former East Leeds Leisure Centre site will become the new permanent home for the Temple Learning Academy.

ISG has already carried out a refurbishment project to convert offices adjoining the leisure centre into classroom accommodation, including provision of a new dining hall and toilets, as well as construction of a new external play area.

This is now fully operational for the school’s first intake of reception aged children, and planning has now been secured for the main school building.

Work on refurbishing and extending the existing leisure centre will begin in February 2016.

The scheme also sees ISG build a new three-storey steel frame extension with ribbon glazing and metal cladding elevations, which will be primarily used by older students.

The project also sees the construction of a new MUGA pitch and significant hard and soft landscaping with new paths and play areas, a car park for 90 cars and designated drop off areas.

Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, said: “For this scheme, we’ve worked closely with the EFA and the Academy to best utilise the existing structures on site to create real efficiencies in the construction programme, without compromising on the quality and flexibility of teaching space.

The transformation of this underused site is set to create a long-lasting and highly positive community legacy, providing greater choice and a much needed boost to school places in East Leeds.”

ISG to build new broadcasting house for BBC Wales

ISG to build new broadcasting house for BBC WalesISG has secured a contract to build two of South Wales’ most prominent new build projects – the new BBC Wales Broadcasting House and Two Central Square – totalling an £80 million package.

The scheme for developer Rightacres sees ISG deliver the new headquarters for BBC Cymru Wales, designed by signature architect Foster + Partners, and an adjacent office building to complete the second phase of development at this strategic regeneration site.

Set to provide the BBC with a new home in a key location – opposite Cardiff Central Railway Station – the 150,000 sq ft building is set over four floors and includes office, studio and production space, providing office space for over 1,200 BBC Wales staff.

Both buildings will be delivered simultaneously, with Two Central Square providing approximately 120,000 sq ft of high-specification office space across seven floors, with ground floor retail accommodation.

Jason Hyett, Project Director at Rightacres said: “We have a great project team, led by Foster + Partners, supported by Arup and Gleeds and to ensure that we deliver the project to the level of quality expected by both the architect and our client, we needed a main contractor with the best credentials.

From the top down, the team working on the project has shown a huge level of integrity and professionalism and ISG’s performance in putting together the supply chain, budgets and programme for this project has been outstanding.”

The BBC’s design team includes Capita and Sweets, and part of the ISG contract will include delivering the first phase of the BBC’s fit out, which has been designed by IDSR and AECOM.

Phil Brown, ISG’s UK Construction managing director, said: “Constructing the new headquarters for BBC Wales is a major win for the business and brings all of our office expertise to bear on one of the largest ever private developer-led projects to be built in Wales.

This is also a highly-specified building, with demanding acoustic and vibration tolerances and advanced mechanical and electrical services, which plays to our significant strengths delivering complex technical services infrastructure in the data center, R&D and healthcare sectors.”

ISG gets London office scheme for QBE

ISGISG has been awarded the fit out contract for the Fenchurch Street offices of QBE Business Insurance, a leading insurer and risk management partner for the Construction sector.

The multi-phased scheme sees ISG upgrade and enhance QBE’s existing first and second floor office space, approximately 100,000 sq ft of accommodation, at the 16-storey Plantation Place building at 30 Fenchurch Street.

By reconfiguring the space, ISG will increase capacity without extending the original floorplates, enabling QBE to relocate staff from other offices in the capital to its UK headquarters.

QBE will remain in occupation of the building throughout the duration of the project, with careful phasing minimising the impact of work on day-to-day operations.

The first phases involve the strip out and fit out of the second floor space and comprehensive upgrade of mechanical and electrical services infrastructure.

ISG will create a new high specification reception area and deliver a mix of open plan office space, meeting rooms and collaborative areas.

Matt Blowers, managing director of ISG’s UK Fit Out business, said: “Maintaining business continuity is critical in live environment office projects, especially when complex services infrastructure is being upgraded.

Every project is unique and customers have a distinct set of requirements when remaining in occupation. We work extremely hard to understand these key business drivers and develop a robust programme that delivers for each and every circumstance.”