Sheffield’s Fountain Precinct is an eight-storey office block situated in a most central location, opposite the City’s town hall. The client, Aegon Asset Management, was keen to reposition the building in the commercial market, to provide quality and bespoke office space and to make the most of this focal address.
Working closely with Aegon, Office Principles formulated its design and build proposal to fit the allocated budget, obtaining planning permission and undertaking a rolling programme of works across all three wings of the building.
The EPC levels of the building weren’t correct. With various leasing breaks occurring, there was an opportunity to strip out old sections and to improve the overall sustainability of the building.
The project comprised of a CAT A refurbishment of vacant suites, with two design options: the first to include an open soffit, with exposed services, while other areas were designed to allow for a suspended ceiling grid.
The full scope of works included the refurbishment of toilets, lifts, lobbies and café space; the formation of a retail unit; the reconfiguration of office space into collaborative space and the formation and expansion of a roof terrace. Complete new mechanical and electrical facilities were fitted throughout.
One of the first traditional buildings in the centre of Sheffield to get an extensive roof terrace with a lounge area, we built a mezzanine section and a single storey, flat roof extension to create and extend this lounge area, providing a flow through from what was the Fountain Precinct reception to the Leopald wing side of the building. Office Principles supplied all the furniture for this space.
The building previously housed one of Sheffield’s renowned nightclub venues. Our brief was to develop a design for the old nightclub area which would reposition it and give it an identity unique to the Sheffield marketplace. All the branding was completed by Office Principles.
Office Principles worked around multiple, existing tenants and undertook works before, after and during lockdown, when possible, collaborating with the supply chain to achieve a timely handover.
We worked with Aegon to help secure tenants for the building by offering a CAT B design and fit out service. We also completed a CAT A plus area which comprised of a basic fit out with a tea point, meeting room and furniture.
This was a complex contract as we stepped in to take over and provide design and build services to meet a budget, while negotiating lockdown and maintaining sympathetic relationships with those companies who were committed to the project. That said, we certainly relished the opportunity to help Aegon to establish a landmark address and bring glory to a building which had once housed one of the city’s most talked about night clubs.