Land Securities Group plc (Land Sec) is the largest commercial property development and investment company in the UK. The Group’s portfolio spans the UK, totalling 23.7 million sq ft and is valued at £13.4 billion. Buchanan Galleries is the 2nd busiest shopping street in the UK.
The project involved remodelling to one of the largest units into three separate spaces to allow two new tenants to occupy the space and increase customer footfall. The project was part of a larger refurbishment of the entire site at 185 – 219 Buchanan Street, covering 118,000 sq ft.
Land Sec appointed CBES to conduct a strip out of the existing fixtures and fittings; extensive demolition works; the installation of structural steel; the creation of a new entrance to Buchanan Street, the removal of roof top plant and the installation of new M&E and fire systems. Our delivery team planned and coordinated the reconfiguration of essential services throughout the project to ensure the mall and retail units continued
We followed the programme carefully and carried out the following activities achieving a quality finish.
It was imperative to complete the works while the Galleries remained open and so avoiding any disruption to the running of the building was vital.
We were in daily liaison with the management team and had constant contact with the centre’s control room through radio. The scope of services caused unavoidable noisy works so we carried out works after hours to avoid disruption. We completed all works by 10pm each night to minimise disruption to a nearby residential development.
We shared one of the delivery bays with some of the stores. We employed a gateman at all times to ensure access was secure and that the stores were given priority in terms of delivery access, with any site deliveries held back until the store’s work was finished.
During the initial phases of the project, we sorted redundant material waste on-site into wood, metal, hardcore, general waste and non-ferrous skips to maximise the amount diverted from landfill. To maximise on-site safety for operatives and the public using the Galleries, we installed a temporary fire alarm which was linked to the Galleries’ control room for the duration of the project.