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For over 20 years, chartered accountants Kirkwood Wilson have been helping businesses with their accounts from their office in Southport. However due to company growth and a desire to improve the communication between team members within the company, they looked to move premises.
Their premises in Southport were not ideal for their team to work together due to the layout. Their office premises were inside a converted house and as such there were no large open plan areas that of course aid communication and cooperation.
Therefore they wanted to relocate to a premises that could give them exactly that. After searching for a building, they actually came across an empty warehouse on the Burscough Industrial Estate that would allow them to design the offices exactly how they wanted them with the use of a mezzanine floor.
Check out our video case study for the office mezzanine floor project at Kirkwood Wilson, including the thoughts of Caroline Wilson.
The search for a solution
The team of Directors at Kirkwood Wilson realised they had an opportunity to have bespoke office facilities designed exactly to their needs, if they purchased the warehouse facility in Burscough.
Therefore the owners at Kirkwood Wilson began to ask around for any recommendations when it came to office fit outs and in particular mezzanine floor based office facilities.
We were recommended to Kirkwood from an existing client and they invited us in to conduct a site survey and to discuss their requirements.
After Kirkwood Wilson had purchased the industrial unit at the Burscough Industrial Estate we met up with the owners to discuss their needs for the space going forward.
We walked around the space with David at Kirkwood and surveyed the building to ensure we determined the accurate dimensions of the space. We then sat down with David in his office and using his projector, roughly designed the new office facility together.
This allowed us to get a feel for what Kirkwood Wilson were after in real time. David was also very pleased to be able to get across Kirkwood Wilson’s vision for the space and be confident that the company he was working with understood where they were coming from.
Once David was happy with the layout, we returned to our offices to design the new space using AutoCAD and draw up a quote for the works. Kirkwood were very impressed with our itemised quotation, as they appreciated the transparency and it allowed them to see where each cost lay.
This allowed them to upscale or remove certain aspects to ensure the project was within their budget. Once we were commissioned to implement the work for Kirkwood Wilson, we began to create the build schedule for the job.
The office mezzanine floor and fit out project for Kirkwood Wilson involved not only the creation of the office facilities both above and below the mezzanine, but also the preparation works to ensure the building was ready for the works to take place.
The first step in the project was to build a breeze block wall in the middle of the warehouse to separate it into two individual spaces. One for Kirkwood Wilson and the other for their sister company to fit out at a later date.
Once that was complete, the mezzanine floor construction could begin. Below the mezzanine floor we created a large open plan reception and waiting area which gives the premises a nice open feel for visitors when they walk into the building.
Also on the ground floor we created a large boardroom, which is ideal for Kirkwood to use when talking with clients and also when conducting training sessions with their employees.
Caroline Wilson, the company’s Managing Director also has an office on the ground floor along with the WC and kitchen facilities. Upstairs on the mezzanine is the large open plan office space that houses the majority of Kirkwood Wilson’s employees.
This is where Kirkwood have been able to achieve what they set out to do when moving premises, all their different departments working together in one space. Ensuring the communication that was lacking in their previous premises could now take place and help them to push Kirkwood Wilson forward even more.
Along with the open plan office, Director Daniel Wilson’s office was created upstairs. A breakout area which is ideal for quiet working or small meetings is situated next to Daniel’s office, whilst another kitchen area and a store room completes the mezzanine floor facilities.
One of the other challenges of the build was the removal of a roller shutter door and creating a glass frontage entrance to the building, along with new windows. This was imperative to ensure natural sunlight reached the office space. The result is fantastic and has transformed the building exterior.
We also completed works outside the building to build a ramp leading to the entrance for disabled access and created a car park for their employees. Whilst we implemented all electrical and plumbing requirements for the project and completed the works on time and on budget.
The new premises are ideal for Kirkwood Wilson and are bespoke to their needs. It has improved their business’ workflow and they are in a great position to further expand and grow the business. We wish Caroline, David and everyone at Kirkwood Wilson all the best in the future.
These projects are what we here at Nexus specialise in and if your business is in a similar situation to Kirkwood Wilson and you are looking to move into bespoke facilities, why not give us a call or send through an email. We’d be more than happy to help you and your business to achieve your requirements.
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