46,000 sq ft
JMBS UK is a leading independent provider of flexible battery solutions for demanding automotive applications. Ranging from electrochemistry and engineering consultancy through to volume production. JMBS is a subsidiary business of Johnson Matthey PLC and sits in its incubator for new business division, focusing on new and emerging technologies.
Originally based in Dundee Scotland, following a strategic business plan, JMBS knew that to keep pace with the growth of the organisation, they needed to be based closer to the Automotive Tech sector in the UK, in order to find the right level of quality engineers they needed to meet their medium and long terms objectives.
After an intensive property search in and around the Milton Keynes region (which took longer than anticipated and 13 building viewings later!) – the team at JMBS managed to secure the perfect building to meet their needs, which was a 46,000 square feet space, part office / part warehouse space which had the potential to be converted to the high quality lab/ production facility that they required.
This building which had previously been occupied by a blue chip camera manufacturer, had been empty for an extended period of time and was essentially a blank Cat A space ready for JMBS to engage with a Design and Build contractor, to design a facility tailored to suit their needs.
Complete design and build of the office and production space, including a complex M&E package, extensive structural alteration in order to form the E-Chem laboratory including a “back to the grid” facility on the incoming power supply for occasions where batteries are discharged back into the mains system.
The most challenging aspect of this project was the timescale from which Officescape where originally involved in the project to the occupation date of the office and E-Chem lab testing facility which were hard deadlines. Some of the battery testing which takes place in this facility takes years in its cycle and can only be shut down with very minimal downtimes.
The client was also merging 3 separate offices, Royston, Coventry and Dundee together in Milton Keynes – so with a lease coming to an end on the main facility in Scotland, the move date into the new Milton Keynes building couldn’t be compromised.
From point of instruction, Officescape started on site within 3 weeks and met the very challenging deadline, getting the client in on time and bringing the project in on budget.
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