Monday, December 5, 2016

News: Horbury Group at Central Square

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A subsidiary of Rotherham construction group, Horbury, has completed over two miles of plasterboard partitions at a prestigious office development in Leeds.

From its headquarters in the Moorgate area, the group combines a number of subsidiaries that specialise in areas including joinery, ceilings, dry lining and health and safety training.

Central Square, Leeds' first speculative office scheme in eight years, was recently handed over by Wates Construction following the completion of a £100m new build scheme for owners, M&G Real Estate and development partner, Marrico LLP.

Designed by DLA Design, the new building comprises 220,000 sq ft of flexible Grade A office space, 30,000 sq ft of retail and leisure provision, 128 car parking spaces, accessible public thoroughfares, a ninth floor sky garden with city views, a central atrium and winter garden.

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Titan Interior Solutions, acquired by Horbury in 1999, managed the installation and co-ordination of over 215,000 sq ft of bespoke suspended ceilings and C' profiles throughout 14 floors.

The package, worth around £3.5m, saw Titan fit 21,000 sq ft of external Soffit Insulation and decorative render, internal aluminium glazed Screens and doors, feature columns, balcony fascias and a triangulated feature ceiling, two miles of plasterboard partitions (finished to receive decoration), 21,000 sq ft of MF ceilings, over one mile of plasterboard blind boxes and two and a half miles of plasterboard bulkheads, margins and trims.

Horbury said that the programme spanned 35 weeks with a work force peaking at 70 operatives. With just in time deliveries and a very tight site, the project required extensive co-ordination and expert logistics management.

Sam Jones, asset manager at M&G Real Estate, said: "Central Square is delivering much-needed office space to satisfy demand for high quality, well located accommodation in the heart of the business district of Leeds and within easy reach of key transport interchanges. The specification of our investment was as critical as the location so we have ensured the building we deliver is right for the occupier community we sought to attract."

Horbury secured £2.5m from the Business Growth Fund (BGF) and a £6m funding package from HSBC. The finance secured in 2014 was to support a move to tender for larger, and a greater quantity of, projects and significantly increase its workforce.

Horbury Group website

Images: M&G Real Estate


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