Project: BUPA Place
Client: Morgan Sindall
Genlec has delivered a complete M&E package for Morgan Sindall as part of a £65m state-of-the-art BUPA office development in Salford Quays, Manchester, the private healthcare company’s largest staffing centre in the world.
Bupa Place, which spans six floors, has been designed to enable agile and flexible working bringing together 2,000 staff under one roof whilst providing a home for its contact centre, health services division, HR, sales, marketing, finance, property and IT services.
Genlec was appointed to carry out all mechanical and electrical design, procurement, installation and commissioning works at the BUPA Place site.
The original brief was to deliver Cat-A works only at the ultra hi-tech project, spanning some 16,425 metres squared, which began in November 2016. Genlec were later appointed to also carry out Cat-B mechanical and electrical fit-out including bespoke fixtures and fittings and encompassing a 250-cover restaurant and gym facilities. Works were completed on-time in May 2018 achieving a ‘Perfect Delivery’.
The complex and large scale M&E package included the design, installation, testing, commissioning and setting of a complete electrical engineering services installation including supply of all materials and plant. Work spanned the entire build comprising reception area, the stair core, main office areas, the incoming services switch room/plant room, internal and external lighting installation.
Designed by internationally renowned architects, Chapman Taylor, the building layout and structure aims to promote mental wellbeing and included a palette of sustainable organic and recycled materials throughout, helping to create a relaxing work environment. Low energy design and build formed an integral part of the build ethos allowing BUPA Place to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating upon completion.
“BUPA Place is a fantastic scheme that successfully builds further on the Media City landscape within Salford Quays.Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director of Genlec
“This was a large scale project, complex in terms of size, specification and installation. We employed a collaborative approach with our client Morgan Sindall and the rest of the supply chain to ensure all objectives and timescales where met. Once again we reached a successful conclusion with brilliant feedback from both the client and the end user.”
Sitting within the rapidly merging Media City in Salford Quays, the striking building sits opposite the Manchester Ship Canal. Internally the ground floor provides flexible break-out workspace for use by employees and visiting clients as well as a cafe and restaurant. Circulation stairs are finished to a high standard and located in a prominent position to encourage employees to be active. The layout of work and social spaces also facilitates movement through the building, creating increased interaction and collaboration.