• Cathedral Hill, Guildford

    Cathedral Hill comprised two 60,000ft office buildings joined by a central atrium, one of which (Building 1000) was already fully-let to a blue-chip client, the other (Building 2000) scheduled for a full Category B re-fit. Darke & Taylor was tasked with refurbishing all the electrical cabling, the fire alarm, and the CCTV systems, whilst working around the existing tenants who occupied the adjoining building.

    Cathedral Hill, Guilford


No disruption to existing business: The two office buildings shared interconnected infrastructure, a central walkway and a communal atrium/reception area. The high-profile client in Building 1000 could not countenance any business interruption to its systems.

Provide a ‘wow’ factor: The double height communal/ atrium reception area was to house a new café and act as a social hub for the entire development, offering modern wireless working facilities and the ability to host breakout sessions’.

Maximise flexibility and green credentials: The development was targeting an improved BREEAM rating whilst requiring the easy connectivity for split tenancy agreements.


Careful planning and coordination: Any ‘disruptive’ work was scheduled for out-of-hours to fit around the existing tenants’ working hours, whilst temporary power supplies were installed to provide a fail-safe back-up.

Working at heights: Using IPAF-trained electricians on MEWPS (Mobile Elevated Working Platforms), Darke & Taylor (D&T) was able to design and install an innovative, attention-grabbing lighting display.

Holistic approach: From the exterior signage to the bike bays, D&T took a considered top-down view to ensure that all the work matched the Client’s brief.


“On behalf of Overbury, can I thank you all yet again for your efforts in completing the cafe both on time and to such a fantastic standard.”

Joseph Perella, Project Manager

Technical overview

D&T was engaged by Overbury to undertake the full electrical and life safety system design and installation on this CAT A office refurbishment, the 60,000 square foot Cathedral Hill in Guildford.

This project highlighted our ability to both design and deliver a fully integrated electrical system incorporating LV switchgear, underfloor power, functional and feature lighting, emergency lighting, fire detection, CCTV, access control and external pathway illuminations.

Project details

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