New HM Government hub handed over in Birmingham
The project focused on the fit out of a newly constructed 14-storey state-of-the-art office development, to accommodate 4,300 public servants. The new hub provides cellular and open plan office space alongside specialist meeting and conference facilities, and a new café/dining space on the ground floor. The modern design and layout will enable teams to come together, supporting the government’s target to streamline its estate and work processes.
The fast-track 45-week programme incorporated two sectional completion dates, enabling HM Revenue & Customs to take partial occupation prior to completion. This was a complex project due to the tight programme, sectional completion requirements and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ISG has sought to maximise the community benefit of this project throughout to leave behind a positive social legacy. Initiatives included the donation of Christmas dinners to local families, food bank donations via a local school, and a fundraising initiative to complete the National Three Peaks challenge. Through a concerted collective effort, the team and supply chain partners raised over £17,500 for Mental Health UK, plus local charities and community initiatives.
We also understand that few sectors are more accustomed to disruption than retail, but it’s an industry built on a deep understanding of the customer. Perhaps the most significant wave of change in consumer expectations to date, being here as we forge ahead on the race to net zero - brands need to be agile to withstand global pressures, thinking beyond their usual offering to attract people back.
Could electric vehicle charging points be a new accelerator for retail and hospitality destinations? Whilst people wait for their cars to charge, will they want to have their hair cut, visit a restaurant or the gym? Existing public transport structures are also looking to upgrade, with electrification of fleets needed in all locations and the infrastructure required locally to support this. We’re also already seeing the first drone airport progressing in Coventry, how will this impact the sub-centres required for onward distribution? How we live and consume has undoubtedly changed irreversibly and this will require immediate investment in supporting infrastructure if we’re to keep pace of the rate of change required and that rightly is being demanded of us.