Mott MacDonald Bentley & United Utilities, Blackburn




Are two heads better than one? Mott MacDonald Bentley and water provider United Utilities think so. In fact, we’ve successfully fit-out and refurbished a Framework Delivery office for MMB at Carr Hall near Whalley in Lancashire.

That’s right. The national design and construction company are working with United Utilities to deliver the AMP6 Capital Programme, a five year framework agreement designed to improve water & waste water related infrastructure. It is a lovely building. A huge expanse of a place, as you can well imagine, given the scale of their workforce. The newly completed two story garden centre is now even better than it has ever been before.

This unusual space presented a few difficulties, due to the scale of the building we encountered detrimental noise problems. The acoustics in the open atrium and mezzanine floor were simply not conducive to office work, until we worked in partnership with MMB’s acoustician, that is.


Collaboratively, we implemented our well-thought solution; ceiling and wall mounted panels, and floor tiles with acoustic underlay. The acoustic performance was further strengthened with double glazed partitioning in the meeting rooms, complete with illustrated glass stickers, designed to creatively reflect United Utilities many reservoirs.

Since February the building has been transformed into contemporary open-plan offices with meeting rooms fitted with state-of-the-art technology; audio visual solutions including Click Share. The overall finishes were coordinated to reflect the blue and green colours of MMB and United Utilities respectively, without being overbearing.

We supplied furniture with comprehensive vertical and horizontal cable management. As well as chairs which have automatically adjusting mechanisms, for the staffs’ comfort. Elsewhere, you’ll find specially selected break-out furniture, meeting room furniture and a welcoming new bespoke reception.

Carr Hall’s grand opening gave a taste of what’s to come; presentations delivered collaboratively between MMB and United Utilities.


Posted July 19, 2016

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