April 2014: Beard Oxford secures various projects to the value of £1 million for Oxford University . Beard Guildford chosen for further project at Churchers College, internal refurbishment, re-roofing and associated extensions to form new entrance and fitness suite . Beard Swindon win numerous projects, overall value of £2 million for Aspire, Bradfield College and Moore Cottage Hospital .


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Commerce and Industry

From fast-track warehouse developments to painstaking barn conversions, Beard delivers cost-effective construction solutions for a wide range of commercial and industrial customers.

With extensive experience of office, factory and retail projects we can recommend the procurement route that will best meet your objectives.

Whether your objective is the realisation of a striking contemporary design, a major refurbishment or a continuous maintenance programme, we bring added value to the building process. We foster teamwork across the whole project, from the architect and specialist consultants through to our own skilled employees and our network of trusted suppliers.

Beard also builds and refurbishes electricity substations. We employ our own craftsmen, who are fully trained and qualified to meet the health and safety requirements of this specialist work.

Two examples of recent projects are Axis Point in Oxford and The Switchback in Maidenhead.

Axis Point, Osney Mead, Oxford:

A £2.3m refurbishment of an existing warehouse, changing its use to create state-of-the-art facilities for Oxford University's Thermo-Fluids Laboratory and Turbomachinery Research Group.

Beard carried out substantial internal changes to the building to accommodate the heavy wind tunnels and high pressure test rigs used by the group for both academic and commercial research into aircraft engine design, notably for Rolls Royce.

Major challenges involved internal piling work to strengthen areas within the building, involving an overhead gantry crane, creating a steel frame to form a new mezzanine floor. This was coupled with a highly complex mechanical and electrical fit out requiring strong coordination of specialist subcontractors.

Switchback, Maidenhead:

The complete transformation of an existing two storey commercial unit, on a small, six unit business park, to provide new high-quality offices to maximise the client’s investment potential.

The building was stripped back to the shell and refurbished throughout with a new mechanical and electrical fit out including new air conditioning, raised access floors and new toilet facilities.

The award of a separate project to resurface all road and parking areas along with a full landscaping scheme including new fencing and bin stores within the business park, requiring further careful logistical planning with site users, is testament to the confidence Beard inspires and the quality delivered.