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News International, London

News International Ltd is the major UK subsidiary of News Corporation. Foremost in the media business news paper publications include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun in addition to contract printing. Onsite facilities accommodate all editorial content through to print production with over million square feet of area.

Based at Wapping and Knowsley plants, Etcetera Construction Services have provided comprehensive facilities management services for over 25 years. Managed by dedicated on site contract teams, works include building fabric maintenance, complete waste management, external and internal landscaping, office relocation, attendance on other facilities contractors, renewal programmes (e.g. 5 year re-decoration plan), specialist joinery and many other services.

An on-site projects team carried out minor and major building works associated with office alterations, including removal and construction of partitions, installation of false floors and ceilings, carpet laying, furniture relocation and decorations.

As part of both planned maintenance regimes and reactive emergency maintenance Etcetera provide 24 hour call out 365 days a year, covering all aspects of the building fabric over a wide range of construction types.

For this particular project, the design brief called for the existing area to have a complete makeover, to update the office walls from stud partitioning and to introduce glazing to allow extra light.

To reduce cost, it was decided to keep the existing walls and cut in glazed modules. Also the existing oak panel feature doors to be replaced with fully glazed frameless doors with chrome ironmongery and floor springs.

The new offices required in the area then had to be constructed to match the now newly modified partitioning on the existing offices. This included bespoke skirting and friezes made and formed in MDF to match existing.

A new kitchen and break out area were formed is the same style as the office partitions so it would blend in with the surroundings.

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