From its humble beginnings as a single pharmacy in Liverpool, Kays Medical has grown into one of the UK’s largest independent providers of occupational health, first-aid, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, supplying both the public and private sector.
Since the 1970’s, the business has expanded by acquiring a number of leading providers nationwide and has undergone a signifiant transformation by overhauling its brand and improving its operations whilst extending its market reach.
As the company proudly declares: “for over 40 years we have been supplying organisations with the products to protect their most valuable resources – their people”, similarly the aim for its new £6M headquarters was to reflect its strong commitment to the health and well-being of its employees creating a “truly inspirational place to work”.
Like Kays Medical, Dextra Group have grown to become leading suppliers for businesses of all sizes across different sectors through years of continual investment in manufacturing, transport and R&D. On the basis of this vast and varied portfolio, Dextra Lighting, Dextra Group’s commercial lighting subsidiary, was instructed to provide the lighting for the HQ’s three-storey office building whilst Dexeco were given full responsibility to focus on the company’s warehouse and distribution facilities.
Together, Dextra Group’s specialised branches, manufactured, installed and delivered the lighting for the company’s brand-new multi-purpose facility, meeting exceptional levels of quality and energy-efficiency.
The project was far-reaching. A complete lighting solution for the business’s high-level warehouse and three-storey head office spanning over 55,000 sq. ft on a 4 acre plot in Estuary Commerce Park in Speke.
To fulfil the company’s vision of an enjoyable, stimulating and safe environment for employees and visitors alike, Dextra Lighting worked in close collaboration with Kays Medical’s managerial staff, award-winning architects Denovo Limited and electrical contractors Barlows.
The successful partnership earned the building two Green Apple Awards for “Built Environment and Architectural Heritage” and “Beautiful Building”. The Green Apple Awards is one of the most popular campaigns in the world that recognises, rewards and promotes sustainable best environmental best practice.
The opening of the new headquarters marks the beginning of an exciting turn in Kays Medical’s long and successful journey towards achieving its vision of “supporting the physical and mental health and wellbeing of not only their customers and employees, but the wider business community across the whole of the UK”.
In partnership with the architects and design and build contractors, Dextra Lighting and Dexeco needed to provide a solution that would combine aesthetic appeal, modern functionality and future-proof standards of energy-efficiency. The project was to follow environmental practice from design and construction right thought to delivery and future maintenance.
As David Wilkinson, Managing Director of appointed building contractors Williams Tarr Construction commented, the project required “extra attention to detail” and the lighting had to be designed to high-specification and international quality standards.
With a £4.5m investment, the prestigious development project needed to impress and capture the attention of relevant organisations and the media. The lighting would also need to support the company’s strong commitment to the health, safety and well-being of staff; creating a truly “inspirational place to work”. Achieving these goals would require:
• Luminaries using the best quality LED sources and drivers on the market.
• Specifying products satisfying ETL criteria for energy-efficiency
• Adhere to CIBSE guidelines and British Standards to provide task appropriate illumination in the warehouse, office block and external areas
• Ensure installation and maintenance are kept to a minimum to improve ROI for the company
• Integrate with the surrounding architecture and interior design
• Strictly abide to all relevant safety and emergency regulations
• Offer flexible lighting control where needed
• Automated sensor control to maximise energy savings
• Keep delivery and installation times within the project’s tight schedule