Monday, 23 November 2009

CI London Office makeover

Kate Scott, Office Manager at CI, blogs about the frustrating first steps in the London Office’s refurb.

After a whirlwind three weeks of sourcing boxes, crates, movers, temporary offices and a new phone system – just a few of things that had to be done to get us out of Highbury Crescent – we finally moved into our temporary offices on Friday 23 October. And I think we're just about settled now.

We now move on to the refurbishment of our much-neglected old building, which will be a complete 'head to toe, inside & out' makeover. As soon as we left the building our contractors, Chestnut Ltd, were straight on site putting up scaffolding and stripping out anything and everything that isn't a solid part of the building...including cutting through the alarm wires and setting it off! So I had to make an emergency dash over there last week to get the alarm turned off!

The inside of the building is now looking very naked and sad and the outside is unrecognisable as it's covered in scaffolding and blue tarpaulin.
The challenge right now is to work with the contractors and surveyor to make sure that we can get as many of the requested improvements as possible included in these building works.

Frustratingly it has taken over three weeks to get together all the final costs for me to present them to Sam and Joost for authorisation and many items are coming in at higher costs than expected.

This delay is now in danger of holding everything up, as the builders can't get stuck into the work until the full plan of works is finalised, so the pressure is on to make final, final decisions on what we will or won't do. This should all be sorted out in the next 48 hours though and I'm hopeful we'll get most of what we want.

Next week the working group has a visit planned to a furniture show room so that they can put together a proposal for our new look interior. Hopefully we'll have something more solid on that to share with everyone in a couple of weeks.

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