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The project comprised the complete refurbishment/re-build of the existing Bus Station and associated adjacent office building into a new Innovation Warehouse for BEC.  The space has been transformed to provide modern, flexible office space with a café-bar on the ground floor.

CLIENT: BEC      VALUE: £4.3m (Mechanical - £350,000)       COMPLETION: March 2021       

DURATION: 92 weeks     CONTRACT: JCT Design & Build


  • Substructure works.
  • New steel framed structure.
  • New upper floor construction and balustrading.
  • Internal staircase.
  • Demolitions and soft strip works/alterations.
  • Remedial works to the existing rear retaining wall and retained front façade.
  • New roof and rainwater goods.
  • Curtain walling.
  • External doors and window systems.
  • Internal walls and partitions.
  • Internal doors and glazed screens.
  • Wall, floor and ceiling finishes.
  • New mechanical, electrical and lift services.
  • Site plot works and associated below ground drainage including culvert works will also be incorporated into the scheme.
  • Solar panels will also be fitted to the new roof to provide power and lighting to the offices.


  • Compliance with BREEAM requirements to achieve a ‘very good’ rating.
  • The project obtained a Considerate Constructors Performance Beyond Compliance Certificate.
  • Introduction of renewable technologies & quality design.
  • The project was delivered with zero prohibition notices or reportable Health & Safety / Environmental notices issued.
  • Over 99% of waste was diverted from Landfill.


  • Hot and cold water services
  • Gas services
  • Electric heating system
  • General ventilation system
  • Comfort cooling installations
  • Server room cooling system
  • Thermal insulation works
  • Above ground drainage
  • Automatic controls and wiring
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Part rainwater installation
  • Sanitary ware


  • Close liaison and several meetings with Cumbria County Council Highways to discuss our works and manage traffic issues as there was also a major Highway Improvements project being completed simultaneously.  This also required a lot of co-ordination between the Site Managers of the projects.
  • High level of customer satisfaction, resulting in future opportunities with the Client.
  • The amount of construction waste sent to landfill was minimal, with over 95% of the total waste being diverted from landfill.
  • No environmental incidents and minimal H&S accidents occurred despite the very complex nature of this contract.
  • Compliance with BREEAM requirements to achieve a ‘Very Good’ rating.
  • The project achieved a Beyond Compliance score from the Considerate Constructors scheme.
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