Case Study Archives -Workspace Group PLC

Strip-out and refurbishment- Project completed in 2009

Project Manager

Stace LLP


FSP Architects and Planners


Barley Mow Business Centre, Chiswick




20 Weeks

Refurbishment of this former Sanderson wallpaper factory posed many challenges. Location, continued use and accessibility meant that Pexhurst had to devise a complex construction programme that would ensure the successful and timely completion of the project.

The vicinity of other buildings meant that conventional scaffolding could not be used so a cantilevered scaffold was installed along with a large gantry, to allow materials to be craned in.

The project included the complete refurbishment of the building, including three new roofs and low-level skylights, partitions, ceiling and a feature staircase, all whist half the ground floor and wings were still occupied.

Abseilers suspended from the scaffolding, were used to restore the exterior and lintels and the interior brickwork was sandblasted to create a dragon’s den effect. The completed project included the refurbishment and installation of a new toilet facilities, kitchens, tea points, electrical works and door entry systems creating a modern, bright and comfortable office environment.