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AXA XL, Chelmsford

We took over an existing office refurbishment project in Chelmsford, getting the original programme back on track to deliver a high-end modern workspace.

The client wanted to upgrade and refit a vacated space in Chelmsford to a high-end specification, but the project was disrupted when the original M&E subcontractor went out of business. After a swift and thorough review of the contract documents, programme and budget, Vertex committed to managing the existing subcontract teams, alongside all health & safety and CDM duties.

The project required a comprehensive strip-out, removing all M&E services, fire alarm systems, access control, and Building Management Systems (BMS). The existing raised floor was temporarily removed to allow for the installation of a new power distribution network, and a new suspended ceiling was fitted, accompanied by modern lighting solutions, fire alarm detectors and call points. The space was further enhanced with feature walls, a full AV system including three large televisions, a sliding glazed partition, high-quality Karndean flooring and new furniture.

Key challenges and solutions

  • Existing programme: Despite the abrupt change in management and initial setbacks, the project remained aligned with the established and functioning programme.
  • Unfamilar supply chain: Swift and effective integration strategies facilitated seamless teamwork and resource management throughout the project.
  • Fast-tracked procurement: To make up for lost time, the procurement process was expedited without compromising on quality.
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