CRBE appointed Workspace Design and Build to refurbish an empty grade-two listed building in Bolton. The 10,000 sq ft building on Lower Bridgeman Street, known as Bolton Business Centre, was constructed between 1845 and 1847 as a public baths and assembly rooms. The space was then turned into offices, destroying many of the original features of the building. CRBE, architects Atelier MB and interior designer Sheila Bird Group had plans for the building to be renovated into offices for three local businesses.
The project commenced with a full strip out to allow for full refurbishment throughout the entire space. Following this we commenced works on the ceiling which included restoration of the beams and decoration to freshen the whole space. To enable us to complete these works we had to install a temporary floor and complete within a tight programme as further works were commencing. One of the major items on this project included structural steelworks to create a mezzanine level on the first floor, making room for 4 extra glazed meeting rooms for the directors. The mezzanine also led to a tea point, a further 2 meeting rooms, toilets and a glass extension meeting room. Suspended LED ring lighting was chosen for the mezzanine to add a feeling of luxury to this open space. To construct the glass extension meeting room, we erected scaffolding around the external of the building to allow ease of material delivery. Steel beams were fitting in place and then timber joist was laid between these beams so that we could lie plyboard town to make the roof of the extension. As well as a full glass front, we fitted a skylight to draw in as much natural light as possible. On the ground floor, a tea point, an event space with seating for 50 people, a film studio and various working spaces were installed. Both accessible and non-accessible WCs were fitted on this floor with a bright design to create unique toilet facilities.