By seat of his pants

HIGH STANDARDS: From left BSI managing director Howard Kerr, chairman Sir David John, MK Dons Pete Winkelman and deputy mayor Catriona Morris at the offices in Knowlhill
HIGH STANDARDS: From left BSI managing director Howard Kerr, chairman Sir David John, MK Dons Pete Winkelman and deputy mayor Catriona Morris at the offices in Knowlhill
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A £5.3 million Milton Keynes office move proved to be ‘squeakybumtime’ for one project manager who faced wearing a pair of golden underpants if things went wrong.

Joe Perella, of fit-out contractors Overbury, had the underwear – dubbed Kylie Minogue’s pants – framed in his office with a pledge to wear them if BSI’s move into Davy Avenue, Knowlhill went so much as one minute over time.

In the end, the building, dubbed Kitemark Court, was passed ready for 350 employees of the standards body’s new UK headquarters just two hours before the opening in May.

BSI has merged its former base in the new city with operations from Hemel Hempstead.

The old Parcelforce building has been transformed and brought to the highest enviromnental standards.

A mezzanine floor has been added and there are relaxation areas to provide the best possible working environment.

The refurbishment, the brainchild of corporate project manager Chris Bushell of Drivers Jonas Deloitte, was praised at the official opening on Thursday.

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman, who was greeted with terrace-like cheers, said the BSI move was “hugely important” to Milton Keynes.

And MK deputy mayor Catriona Morris, a former employee of BSI, praised the new office as a showcase building in a showcase city.