When Kier embarked on a project to create a new London head office, we knew that it would attract high footfall from existing and prospective clients. Which is why from the outset, we were determined that it would showcase the best Kier can offer, from investing in a development, to creating and maintaining a building which promotes productivity and enhances the experience of those using it.
meant that it was important that the detail was spot on – right down to the quality of finishes, the way it is now managed and maintained, and the facilities and customer service offered to those visiting and using the site.
Our leadership worked collaboratively with designers to establish benchmark quality standards to enable the new office to be delivered.
We used BIMXtra and computer rending of the data model to create 3D options so that stakeholders could really understand what the finished project would look like and how the building would operate. This helped inform decisions about materials and finishes from early on.
The project, which included alterations to an existing office building in the East Marylebone Conservation Area in London, required the existing steel framed and masonry building to be maintained, and a two-storey extension added right up to the boundary wall which separates the offices from adjacent flats.
The basement was removed and recast to allow for additional foundations and drainage. Plant rooms were upgraded or retained. To give the building an industrial feel, existing steel work and brick work were shot blasted and sealed and mechanical and electrical installations were exposed.
By using BIM, stakeholders were able to view possible options in 3D and make clear decisions about materials and finishes, including their ongoing care, taking into account the needs of the end users. Given the importance of the project to our business and reputation, it really brought to life how the project would look. It also enabled a clear standard to be set, on which to base second-stage pricing, so that there were no last-minute surprises to the final cost.