Demonstrating Business Resilience in a Time of Uncertainty

COVID-19 has presented the biggest challenge for our generation. Individuals and businesses have been forced to adapt in ways they never expected. At Pexhurst, we’re proud of the way we have demonstrated resilience since the crisis began in March.

In a business context, resilience is defined as an organisation’s ability to recover from difficulty, adapt to change and persevere in the face of unexpected disruption. It is especially important today because the environment in which we are operating is more dynamic and unpredictable than ever.

Here, we showcase three projects across three different sectors that were completed during the pandemic and demonstrate our resilience in this new construction world:

Sector: Office Refurbishment
Location: 4-6 Throgmorton Avenue, London
Programme: July – October 2020
Value: Circa £175,000

Pexhurst’s office refurbishment and fit-out of four floors at Throgmorton Avenue was instructed at the end of July 2020 and are a prime example of how effective communication between the project team and proactive decisions from the consultant and client meant a smooth and successful project was achieved despite the circumstances. Pexhurst Assistant Site Manager and recent graduate of the Pexhurst apprenticeship scheme Dan Beadle explains “Working on a private avenue with restricted access in a building which was partially occupied meant we had to closely manage tasks with the building management team and tenants to ensure the project caused as little disruption as possible. Within the programme, we also managed to incorporate two extra floors of works which were instructed during the project.”

Sector: Warehouse and Industrial
Location: Chillbox, Thurrock
Programme: January – September 2020
Client: CBRE
Value: £2.3 million

Pexhurst continued to progress the refurbishment of Chillbox and kept the site open throughout the pandemic- adapting the site in line with CLC guidelines and public health England to ensure that a safe working environment was provided. Pexhurst Site Manager Mick Ward who has been part of the team in excess of 28 years identifies “The main challenges with this project involved turning the building from a very tired state into a modern desirable building, not only did we have the challenge of removing the 10m high racking, but it then had to be manoeuvred through narrow entrance doorways during a very tight programme. In terms of challenges created by COVID-19, with a working environment of 196,178 sq ft, social distancing wasn’t a problem!” During the closing stages of the project, the building was successfully let on a 10-year term to leading recipe-box company Gousto, which is a testament to the hard work of the entire project team.

Sector: Higher Education – Student Accommodation
Location: Landale House, Surrey Quays, London
Programme: June – August 2020
Client: MapleTree
Value: £242,000

While predominantly known for our work in the office and industrial sectors, we take pride in the fact that we deliver the same level of service and quality across all our projects, no matter the sector. The refurbishment of 105 rooms as part of Landale House Student Accommodation for new client MapleTree is a good case in point. Despite the addition of 40 new doors and several unplanned finishes during construction, we completed the project on time and within budget. And what’s more, we received brilliant feedback from the client, who said “Pexhurst are a credit to the profession and have performed admirably on a tight programme in difficult circumstances.”

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