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Armed Forces Careers Office (AFCO) ~ Birmingham City Centre

Client: AFCO / Acivico
Architect: Mabel
Consulting Engineers: Arup
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Services Value: £400,000

Project Overview


The refurbishment of the former retail unit involved the complete decommissioning of the existing M&E installations & provision of complete new services including air source heat pumps, ventilation systems, air handling units, electric heating, domestic water services, sanitaryware, above ground drainage systems, LV distribution, lighting, power, fire alarm system, security installations, building management systems, automatic metering & facilities for the disabled including distress alarm systems & hearing induction loop installations.


The services were installed across all 6 floors of the building all within the very restrictive constraints of the existing building structure whilst adhering with the strict separation distances between services set out by MOD requirements. Additionally the requirements set out by Birmingham City Councils consulting engineers ‘Acivico’ also had to be met.


Positioning of large items of equipment involved the closure of roads during night time periods to minimise disruption to the public & day to day activities in the locale of the project.

Coles Grant & Jones worked closely with the team from Morgan Sindall to deliver a project of a very high standard prompting the following comments from Mr Dean Turner (Acivico), services clerk of works.


“The installation has been carried out to a very high standard in all aspects, installation, testing & commissioning to handover. I have 21 years of experience in the electrical industry & have worked with all the major main & sub contractors & feel both Morgan Sindall & Coles Grant & Jones have set a very high standard for future projects to follow.” ‘Extracted from Acivico news letter dated January 2013’.


This highly intensive project was conducted to a fast track contract programme & delivered within budget & on schedule.


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