Case Study

MEPC, Leeds

When it comes to sustainable construction, creating an office out of former ship containers is a pretty good start.

MEPC has built its development office at Wellington Place, Wellington Street, Leeds, out of the steel boxes shipped between the UK and China.
Rick de Blaby, Chief Executive of MEPC said: “It will provide an opportunity for investors, the community and stakeholders to work together to promote the sustainable development of Leeds.”

As marketing suite for the £450m development and regional offices for MEPC, Storehouses’ brief was to completely fit out the containers to create an outstanding interior to the highest of standards. The scope of works included complete interior fit out, from the dry lining of the entire space to the laying of a porcelain floor; installing air conditioning and a disabled lift to the manufacture of an executive reception counter and boardroom table. In addition, the supply of loose furniture, installation of a band stand and laying of Astro Turf to the roof! Yes, a big project but such a great one!

Steve Waugh of Stonehouse comments “This project is one of our more challenging and rewarding ones in recent times. It’s not every day one has the opportunity to transform a freight container into premises of such high specification. We’re a solutions company, so working on this contract gave us the chance to really stretch our capabilities to deliver a project for which I and all the team are immensely proud of”.

When asked Chris Davidson, Development Manager at MEPC, Leeds said “I have found Stonehouse to be excellent contractors on this project. Working to tight timescales and just getting on with things has taken a load of my mind”. He added “We’re impressed at the high standard and quality of work provided by Stonehouse. It’s certainly aids the process if we can rely on our nominated contractors to do such a good job”.