The Yard Sunderland

The Yard

Today, The Yard stands as a contemporary office hub catering to SME businesses following significant investment from prominent property developers, Hanro Group. Previously the Sunderland headquarters for city policing, the station had remained vacant since 2015 and the building underwent both external facade modifications and a complete internal fit-out prior to reopening to tenants in December 2022.

The transformed building offers a range of office suites for rent, accompanied by a state-of-the-art gym facility, a large, manned reception area, meeting rooms and a mixed-use business Lounge. A key contributor to Sunderland’s Riverside Regeneration Project, The Yard is located on Keel Square alongside the Fire Station Auditorium, another of Cklip’s successfully delivered contracts.


As the renovation neared completion in late 2022 a team of Cklip operatives joined the site to deliver Builder’s and Sparkle cleans and interior and exterior window cleaning.

Alongside the specifications and challenges of the building itself, as a sub-contractor for Brims the programme of works included their unique cleaning standards and preferences, including any additional regulations that needed to be adhered to during the cleaning process.

Analysis: Site Visit

The building had been stripped back and fully refurbished in a sustainable manner, re-using the existing structure to provide fully open plan floors and maintaining original features such as the terrazzo staircase.

The modernist interior features striped back concrete pillars with exposed pipes and ducts along the ceiling giving a subtle industrial feel, while floor to ceiling windows flood the rooms with light. In assessing the site, Cklip’s project manager gave special considerations to these unique finishes, the need to work at height throughout the building, and for a pristine finish to the windows, which are integral to the design.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

As with most projects, it was not without stumbling blocks, and while the Brims team worked tirelessly to mitigate issues and deliver on time, the Cklip project manager worked closely with them to overcome challenges and ensure that all cleaning tasks were carried out efficiently without compromising on quality.

A larger team of Cklip cleaning operatives were brought in to assist on site and were able to respond quickly to the well-structured cleaning plan that was carefully put in place prior to work commencing.

Another challenge was the height of the building, which posed difficulties for external window cleaning. Cklip’s team implemented advanced safety measures and utilised specialised equipment including high-reach poles to safely clean the windows at higher levels, ensuring the well-being of staff while delivering exceptional results.

Review: Hand Over

Feedback from Brims on this project was overwhelmingly positive. The professionalism, efficiency and dedication displayed by the cleaning team throughout the project was noted, and the assistance of Cklip’s project manager on keeping to the timeline despite disruption, appreciated.

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