GEM spent 16 weeks on site transforming the ground floor of the iconic Capella Building, 60 York Street in Glasgow. The works generally comprised of the sub-division of an existing retail space within the ground floor complex to create both male and female communal shower and changing facilities.
Access to the unit was created by introducing a knock through into the existing lift lobby and into the rear fire escape staircase. In conjunction with the changing facilities, GEM created access corridors, a kitchenette and storage room to turn the building shell into a practical, functional and modern space befitting the iconic building.
This was no mean feat as the works were quite extensive and included structural alterations, new services, flooring and fit-out works.
As this was a live site with tenants in situ and intrusive works required throughout the 11 storey building GEM meticulously planned all disruptive works during ‘out of hours’ and on ‘night shift’ to minimise any potential disruption to the tenants.
As the Capella Building is in a prominent city centre site, logistically this provided challenges with the site accessibility. GEM carefully coordinated the logistics ‘out of hours’ in order to maximise access for site clearance, mechanical access and deliveries.
Mark O’Gara, GEM Contracts Manager said ‘”It was a challenging site but it allowed GEM to excel and showcase their skills. Careful planning and open lines of communication with the client allowed the job to be executed with precision. We were able to offer the Client additional effective, cost saving solutions through the proposal and use of a more sustainable services material. We always aim to offer our clients the best all round service possible, all the time, every time and the client was as thoroughly delighted with the end result as we are. ”