This £1.2m project was secured via the City of London’s ‘Major Works’ Framework, with works completed between October 2021 – June 2022.

The project involved the successful refurbishment of the Sheriffs Apartments and facilities, Magistrates Room, staff offices, and ceremonial meeting room. Works also extended to the Ground Floor undercroft, the 5th floor plant room, and the roof.

Commonly known as The Old Bailey, Central Criminal Court is Grade II* listed. The Old Bailey sees thousands of daily visitors, and a high level of security restrictions, creating multi-layered logistical challenges. All works were undertaken inconspicuously to Court proceedings. Sykes executed meticulous planning and liaison with the client team, including co-ordinating all noisy works out-of-hours.

Prior to the contract commencing, an asbestos refurbishment survey identified ACM’s that needed to be removed. Architecturally, works included toilet refurbishment, fitting out of a new kitchenette, removal, and reinstatement of ceilings to permit adaptation of ductwork, full decoration, and new floor finishes.

Electrical works incorporated site investigative and survey works, provision of sub-distribution CCUs, small power installation in common parts, lighting and emergency lighting installation, fire alarm works, data containment, access control and CCTV alterations, TV aerial installation, changes to public address system and installation of new wall mounted electric radiators.

Mechanical works included a reconfiguration and renewal of the ventilation with the incorporation of up-to-date fire stopping. The heating and cooling system was replaced with a new VRF air conditioning system. The VRF heat recovery outdoor unit was craned onto the roof level and connected to the existing chiller support system.