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Como walks the walk

  • Como was appointed by Castleton Commodities International (CCI) to fit-out the top floor of the ‘Walkie Talkie’

Como was appointed by Castleton Commodities International (CCI) to fit-out the top floor of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building last year and has scored its highest ever Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) rating for its work. CCI, a global commodities merchant headquartered in the U.S., has now moved into the 34th floor of 20 Fenchurch Street. Como completed the project in just fourteen weeks from January to April this year, which included fitting out a high spec office, trading floor, reception area, tea-points, meeting rooms and board room. The CCS score covers innovation and impressive features for sustainability such as biodiversity offsetting. The scheme is one of five Como sites to collaborate with the Woodland Trust by sponsoring woodland equivalent to 10% of the floor space for the project. Como has been working with other tenants in the building to raise awareness around occupational and mental health as well as arranging suitable working hours with the floor below to reduce noise. Como was able to locate plant and congested working areas away from sensitive areas below to further reduce noise disruption. The team also sourced old carpet tiles and laid them around the core of the building and then covered them in plywood for noise insulation, saving the project money and increasing sustainability. Community engagement was also an important part of the project, where Como worked with the landlord, building staff and tenants to engage on a regular basis. Como Senior Project Manager, Nick Hoffman, said: “The CCS is an extremely important organisation to both ourselves as a business, as well as to the industry as a whole – since its’ introduction it has helped radically improve the public image of construction throughout the whole of the UK.” “Through innovative re-use of materials throughout the project, introducing free fresh fruit in the canteen to promote healthy eating across the workforce, and gaining regular feedback from our neighbours on how we were performing, the CCS were extremely complimentary about our set up and initiatives, particularly given the demanding nature of fast track fit out,” adds Hoffman.