Cluttons, the property consultancy, has advised Alzheimer’s Society, the leading care and research charity for people with dementia, on the development of office space in Birmingham as part of its move to regional hubs across the UK.
Cluttons’ Agency found the space will be home to over 110 staff and volunteers and the Society’s new pioneering, expert service, Dementia Connect, which provides a first point of contact for people by dementia.
The Cluttons project management team undertook studies to determine how best to use the space and also oversaw the tender for the construction work and fit out which resulted in Overbury being appointed.
The project placed great emphasis on the importance of wellness. Although careful cost management was a key consideration, the Society wanted to ensure its employees and volunteers had a warm, comfortable space and environment conducive to stress-relief because of the highly emotional situations they must deal with daily. This included features such as a wellness area. Cluttons also advised on major improvements to the air quality of the building, enabling employees and volunteers to benefit from fresh air.
Nick Elliott, Head of Property and Facilities, Alzheimer’s Society said: “Cluttons really understood our requirements to ensure we reach more people who need our support and were really helpful and supportive through our office fit out journey. They helped us make the right decisions when the due diligence highlighted major issues with the landlord’s mechanical plan, which we were then able to resolve. The team provided professional advice to ensure we achieved our objectives as part of this project.”
Philip Booth who led the project management team at Cluttons, said: “This was an extremely rewarding project to be involved with and I am delighted that we were able to remain focussed on creating a fantastic working environment, on budget and on time.”