Our original remit was to salvage the project. The previous architect had become insolvent, the interior designer no longer wanted to be involved, and at the Client’s request we had to handle the termination of existing consultant team appointments including the services and structural engineer.
Following our recommendation to follow a negotiated procurement route a new contractor was appointed under the first stage of a two-stage process, and they then assisted in surveying and carrying out the initial works required. Client direct packages were agreed for timber floors, the family kitchen, bedroom joinery and marble to bathrooms but then by agreement later, incorporated into the contract. The temporary and permanent works to the basement were designed in such a way as to allow the main refurbishment works and structural alterations above ground to be undertaken concurrently.
The project had an additional challenge around the client being based outside the UK, with video design presentations therefore required.
The property has been completed to exceptionally high standards, with refurbishment works encompassing a new roof structure, re-pointing of the entire facade, extensive bespoke joinery, and the installation of a specialist kitchen.
The new basement floor was designed to spread the loads from the walls and internal columns to create a uniform bearing pressure. Waterproofing was achieved by utilising a filter drain system, adding integral sheet membrane to the basement floor, and incorporating a waterproofing additive to the concrete walls and basement floor slab to provide extra protection against water ingress.
A large conservatory space has been added via the installation of precast concrete units and an innovative glazing system. Extensive structural alterations include a new lift shaft and stair core, which added stability to the building. After all the initial challenges it’s a project we feel very proud to have successfully delivered.