Futuristic Open Plan Call Centre


Project Info


Mechanical, Electrical







What We Did

Geoffrey Robinson Ltd were the principal building services contractor, working with Interserve Ltd, to carry out the integrated building services upgrade and refurbishment to an existing business unit on the Lingfield Point, Darlington.

The original building was built in the 1940s and had been part of many different industries over its history, including Paton & Baldwin knitting wool and Rothmans tobacco.

Our works were carried out between December 2019 and June 2020, which included all the team having to modify risk assessments and method statement to align with the additional restrictions and social distancing work practices due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Geoffrey Robinson worked closely with Interserve and the design consultants to provide a modern solution to heat, cool and re-circulate air within a building structure that had been designed and built 80 years ago. An eco lighting system which provided automatic control that worked alongside ambient light levels was installed within the open plan area, with presence detection to lights within facility and core areas.

The project, valued at £820,000, was undertaken by our in-house teams and comprised


Two air handling units and ductwork were installed on plant decks at either end of the open plan area to provide fresh air circulation. Heating and cooling were achieved utilising 46 VRF units installed equi-distant within the office area, powered by six condensers within an external compound.


All associated water, drainage and sanitaryware to the toilets complete with controlled flushing and tap flow sensing was also incorporated.


New electrical distribution, general and emergency lighting, power to mechanical services and a fire alarm system were installed. A complex ladder containment system was installed in the open plan area to accommodate the HVAC system and associated controls installations.

Services Provided

  • Building services
  • Mechanical
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Project Management