Compass Group 50,000 sq. ft head office refurbishment

Client: Compass Group PLC

Location: Chertsey, Surrey

Services: Employer’s Agent and Project Management


The Brief

Brasier Freeth was instructed by Compass Group PLC to assist with the refurbishment of their 55,000 sq.ft. three storey Head Office in Chertsey. Our brief was to act as Employer’s Agent with works being procured on a Design and Build basis.  Our brief included detailed monitoring of the project through to completion, keeping the client informed of progress and ensuring the works were completed on time and within budget.

The Journey

Our involvement began at the design stage, first agreeing on a brief with the client and preparing the Employer’s Requirements, which enabled the contractor to develop their design proposals and prepare a contract sum analysis. Brasier Freeth reviewed the contractor’s documentation in depth and worked closely with the client to agree the scope of works they would proceed with and negotiated the contract sum with the appointed contractor.

The works comprised a high-quality office fit-out, installation of a bespoke commercial kitchen, restaurant and innovation centre, and complete renewal of the M&E and IT services.

Due to the extent of the refurbishment works, the client temporarily relocated to offices in Weybridge for the duration of the contract to reduce business disruption. It was vital that works were completed on time and within the agreed budget to avoid the need to further extend the short-term lease at their temporary premises and ensure the project was still viable. The contractor took possession of the site in October 2014 with the agreed completion and handover to be in July 2015.

Brasier Freeth administered a short extension of time in accordance with the Design and Build Contract to accommodate a minor post-contract increase in the client’s scope of works with the revised completion date, August 2015.

The works required Landlord’s consent which Brasier Freeth coordinated, collating all the documentation and design information for submission to, and agreement with the Landlord.

A proportion of refurbishment works qualified for savings under the Government Capital Allowances Scheme. Brasier Freeth worked with the project team to separate all of the works and associated costs which qualified for relief, ready for submission.

The Results

Brasier Freeth’s Project Management Team acted at Employer’s Agent ensuring the refurbishment and fit-out works were delivered to a high standard in accordance with the client’s brief and current legislation.  Compass Group PLC moved back into Compass House in August 2015 avoiding the need to extend the lease at their temporary premises in Weybridge.

Following the success of this project Brasier Freeth has since been instructed to assist with office refurbishments in Birmingham and Twickenham for Compass UK & Ireland.