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Overbury recently completed work on Grosvenor Place, an office complex in Guildford. The project involved the refurbishment of an unoccupied block, adjacent to a business park with two other in-use offices, and surrounded by residential properties and a nearby school. The building is comprised of a basement level, four floors of lettable office space, and a central atrium court.
A number of students from the local Guildford High School for Girls (ages 15-16) were given the chance to undertake a presentation to members of the Overbury team. The students were tasked with investigating various furniture options for the building's atrium, providing them with a unique insight into the realities of a building project. Hand-delivered monthly newsletters were used throughout the project to inform local residents about particular site events, such as crane activity, in order to minimise any disturbance or disruption. Overbury contacted the local nursery, leading to the recycling of various items from the stripout such as white boards and Christmas decorations. Subsequently, the team constructed a stage in the nursery garden using recycled pallets and carpet tiles. An extensive safety plan was implemented throughout the project, and was subject to an internal review as well as an external audit every fortnight.
On-site electricity and water readings were taken and recorded weekly, allowing the identification of reduction strategies. Such actions included push taps, waterless urinals, and PIRs (passive infrared). The production of waste was monitored on a day-by-day basis to ensure Overbury met its target. The SWMP played an important part in ensuring the site team looked at waste from a design perspective, in order to design out waste where possible before it was generated on site. Segregation of on-site waste was implemented continuously. Overbury successfully maintained its target of achieving 94%-98% of waste diverted from landfill. This was accomplished partly due to finding alternative uses for materials from the stripout, including a number of doors which were shipped to Gambia for reuse on several projects.
Overbury ensured that local labour was used whenever possible, leading to 20% of the total project workforce being sourced from nearby areas. This resulted in a minimised distance of travel and thus, reduced associated emissions.
"Generally from our point of view, the relationship with Overbury has offered the girls a unique insight into the realities of a building project. It has enabled them to see first-hand the different skills that are required, from engineering, architecture and design through to the practical challenges involved in realising the plans."Emily Niel
Careers Advisor at Guildford High School