Harris Lamb oversees £440,000 refurb project on new SPI HQ

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Harris Lamb’s Building Consultancy team has overseen an extensive refurbishment at the new Birmingham headquarters of a frozen seafood distribution company.

Harris Lamb purchased the 5,489 sq ft site, 62 Ravenhurst street, Birmingham, last year on behalf of Sea Products International Limited, which distributes high quality frozen seafood to the wholesale, hotel, restaurant and manufacturing sectors across the UK and Ireland. The business was then asked to oversee a full refurbishment contract, meeting strict timescales.

Gareth Booker, of the Building Consultancy team, who was responsible for overseeing the project, said: “SPI had very specific requirements in order to transform the two-storey premises to suit its needs and appointed Harris Lamb to assist with the relocation, design and site management of the works.

“A complete refurbishment, the project included a full strip out of the existing offices including existing toilets, stairs and office suites to allow the reconfiguration of the building to meet SPI’s requirements.

The new fit out consisted of new open plan offices,  client working kitchen , meeting rooms and demonstration area, break out spaces, new toilets and external works to achieve the high-grade finish desired by the client.

“We completed the work in just 17 weeks – to a very tight programme considering the extent and high spec of the project, while also coming in on budget. We are extremely pleased with the completed project,” he added.

Paul Pearce, Director of Sea Products International Limited, said he was delighted with the finished result:  Knowledgeable in all aspects of the work and flexible in providing solutions to any problems, Gareth communicated efficiently between ourselves and the office fit out contractors, resulting in the final high quality finish to the offices that we desired. We would highly recommend the services offered by Gareth and the Harris Lamb team.”

SPI initially sought Harris Lamb’s advice in identifying and purchasing the new building after planning permission for the £500 million Smithfield Scheme was granted by Birmingham City Council. The consent from the council was to clear the 18-acre Wholesale Market area and regenerate that part of the city into a state of the art leisure complex, meaning Sea Products needed a new site.