Leading workplace consultant Saracen Interiors has completed a 6,000 sq ft fast-track, repair and refurbishment project for global educational charity, the English Speaking Union (ESU) at its prestigious headquarters, just off Berkeley Square in London’s Mayfair.
Work was undertaken on the ground floor and in the basement library to make good the damage caused by a leak. Painstaking care and attention was taken by the team to ensure that all refurbishments met the high standards and quality of the current fitting of this high design, Grade 2 listed building.
The project took just under five weeks to finish and was completed during office hours, with Saracen taking on board the need for its tenants to resume full occupancy as soon as possible.
Director of Saracen Interiors, Michael Page comments: “Taking on any work in a building that has heritage status always requires thought and attention, as well as skill, as there is an onus on respecting and preserving the original design work. We had to be particularly meticulous, especially when we worked on the ceiling area, as we wanted to make sure that the detailed edging was perfect.
“Projects like these usually require some time however we knew that ESU didn’t have this luxury and was keen to reclaim full occupancy as soon as possible. A key part of our role is to accommodate and support our clients and this project involved a certain amount of noise awareness, consideration and communication as ESU staff members were working in other parts of the building. Turnaround time was, therefore, a priority in order to ensure a speedy delivery.”
Janet Russ, house manager for the English Speaking Union adds: “We were delighted to appoint Saracen as we were confident that the turnaround times would be excellent and the service equally outstanding – and the team did not disappoint ! They were incredibly professional and reassuring; sensitive to both our needs as a working charitable institution and the design of the building itself. We would happily work with them again.”