Wraps come off Calico HQ

The first phase of the extension and refurbishment of housing association Calico Group's headquarters in Burnley has been completed by Ring Stones Maintenance & Construction.

Anthony Duerden, director of customer services for Calico, said: "Our enhanced HQ facility will enable us to bring all of our services under one roof and, most importantly, provides a significantly enhanced reception and customer service facility.

Knight Frank's building consultancy team was project manager for the development at Centenary Court, which included a major extension, office fit out and provision of significantly enhanced customer service facilities. The 16,000 sq ft property was partially re-clad and a former pub and furniture shop converted into office and reception facilities.

David Whitney, senior surveyor at Knight Frank, said: "We faced a number of challenges as the building is old with some structural issues and had to remain fully open to the public for all but one week of the project, but these were all overcome by the team ensuring that the project was completed on programme."

The project team included contractors Ring Stones Maintenance & Construction, architect Austin-Smith:Lord; structural engineer Fairhurst; and mechanical and electrical engineers Cundall.

Calico Homes owns and manages 4,600 homes in Lancashire.

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