At the end of last year, work was completed on Marsh Barton Industrial Estate, in Exeter, where Quantum constructed two new industrial units, with a combined floor area of 60,000ft² (5,500m²), whilst also refurbishing an adjacent building.
Started in the summer of 2020 with demolition and enabling works, the project faced numerous challenges, not least the Covid pandemic and construction material shortages.
Whilst the project was intended to provide vacant speculative units, a high level of interest in the site resulted in full occupancy on completion with some major amendments to building design being incorporated into the works.
The new steel framed and clad buildings transformed the previously tired site to provide crisp and modern facilities, whilst the functionality of external areas were maximised through design consideration.
The external refurbishment works undertaken refreshed the existing units and provided a consistent and attractive site.
With one unit, at the rear of the site, trading throughout the project an important factor of the contract was to reduce disruption to them. With planned refurbishment of the access road likely to cause the most disruption, the team worked together to devise a methodology to avoid full excavation and reinstatement. The results provided a refreshed access road with a fraction of the disruption.