Tuesday, 26 January 2010

CI London Office makeover #2

Kate Scott, Office Manager at CI, makes progress with the London Office refurbishment.

An update at last...to start the New Year off I met with our surveyor and all the varous contractors at Highbury on 7 January amidst the snow and ice (look at the pretty pictures of Highbury Fields in the snow). London Transport may have given up working but all the contractors made a special effort to be there so that we could finalise our plans for all the services and improvements and get everyone working hard.

I'm now visiting Highbury every week and am pleased to report that work is now progressing really well at Highbury. Although the building still looks a terrrible wreck it's absolutely buzzing with activity now. Full of workmen carrying materials for the new heating system, the new electrical wiring and PC cabling and lot's of noise from drills, saws and hammers!

Behind the scenes I've been working with Epic IT to get our new communications sorted out with BT, so we have now ordered a new ISDN line for our phone system plus 30 direct dial numbers and two broadband lines, that will be bonded together to give us greater bandwidth quality.

The working group is also working on paint and carpet colours and some 'special' lighting for the ground floor boardroom, more on that when it's all finalised, not forgetting the important task of choosing a design style for the WC's!

One of the next urgent tasks is to finalise the fire-alarm system, which has to be upgraded to include smoke detectors. And the repairing of the intruder alarm, as the wires were cut when the workmen stripped out all the old wiring. This has to be completed in the next week whilst the floor boards are still up so best I get onto it quick...

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