Faithful+Gould was appointed as cost managers and contract administrators to the creation of a world-class workplace for up to 1000 AstraZeneca (AZ) employees within Middlewood Court, on its Macclesfield campus. AZ wanted to create a 'Great Place to Work'; a place that inspires its people to develop, support and supply life-changing medicines.
The works involved the major refurbishment of this ‘live’ operational office building of circa 9,200m2, over two floors, and was programmed to be carried out in three phases over 37 weeks, with a final move-in date that couldn’t be jeopardised. The building enhancements required a radical approach to haul it into modern day, and become a world class workplace.
The building enhancements required a radical approach to haul it into modern day, and become a world class workplace.
Faithful+Gould led value engineering workshops to highlight savings during pre-contract, without compromising on quality.
To fulfil the building's full potential, several key interventions were implemented including a new fully accessible building entrance, insertion of a new central staircase to radically improve the link between floors, a primary circulation route through each floor to create a vibrant and collaborative backbone for building arrival zones, café and break-out facilities, removal of existing suspended ceilings, a full refurbishment to all building cores and WCs, and a full interior fit-out.
There were a number of challenges for the project aside from maintaining the 'live' operational facility across three-phased handovers; programme was the most important issue however - 300 staff had to be moved into the refurbished office building from another site by the end of January 2016. Therefore, Faithful+Gould chaired weekly progress meetings to drive the programme forward.
Championed by a forward-thinking client, this project has delivered a complete overhaul of a once conservative, insular internal culture and environment within time and budget. It will now go on to inform a more progressive approach to workplace design across all AZ sites.