The site is owned by Thames Water and has a SSSI/RAMSAR designation as a wetland of international importance. In addition to managing the usual complexities associated with working on a Listed Building, a key part of our role was to manage the competing demands of multiple stakeholders and funders, who included Thames Water, HLF, London Wildlife Trust, the GLA and Waltham Forest Council.
Having a project that combined the restoration of heritage assets with landscaping on such a large scale, and in such important habitats, required versatile project management planning as we engaged and led the team which included many specialist advisors. Initial works focussed on landscaping and the restoration and improvement of the banks of the reservoirs together with dredging. This allowed for planting to have longer to establish itself and for access paths to be in place prior to the start of the building works beginning to the Engine House.
Delivered to the highest design standards, the project creates a new landmark in North London and has won many industry awards and accolades including a RIBA London Award 2018 and a RIBA National Award 2018.