After heavy rainfall trounced the North of England over Boxing Day and the River Aire burst its banks, remediation specialists worked through the night to remove more than 40 tonnes of water from the building meaning the office could reopen on Monday 28th December.
The basement area of the building, which is located directly next to the River Aire, houses the office’s kitchen, staff bar, lounge, toilets, shower rooms, stationery stores, archive, air conditioning plant and communications room, which were all destroyed.
Thankfully Leeds City Centre is home to very few basement and ground floor apartments so it’s reassuring that only 12 of 11,000 apartments in the city suffered flood damage as a result of this unprecedented event. Unfortunately, our office wasn’t so lucky and is one of many buildings that fell victim to the river bursting its banks.
However, we’re fortunate to have received lots of support and our team have been amazing with many of them involved in the clean-up. Our operations manager Jacqui Pringle did a sterling job in getting Morgans back on track and reopened within hours of the floods hitting. We’ve also had visits from Tom Riordan and Judith Blake from Leeds City Council, MP Hilary Benn and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark.
We’ll now finish the clean-up before completely refurbishing the entire floor and installing a new and improved staff breakout area and facilities.