PROJECT: 207-215 KINGS ROAD
CLIENT: PRIVATE CLIENT
VALUE: £2.4M
COMPLETED: JANUARY 2016

THE WORKS
In January 2016 a private client approached us to ask for support in the refurbishment of a 5-storey building. Our team initially supported the client with the scoping out of the works, revealing a large, complex project, with elements of design, structural work, and architectural innovations required. The refurbishment involved remodelling the external façade to update it in line with our client’s vision, as well as significant internal work. This included the design and installation of new office floors and WCs, a new entrance and reception area, as well as a new staircase and lift.

We also carried out structural works as well such as architectural metalwork, as well as installing new services throughout. Alongside these features and facilities, our team also supported the implementation of a new extension, and a new cycle store to support the client’s aim to encourage greener transport options.

THE CHALLENGE
Being a central London property, one of the main challenges during this refurbishment was the building’s busy location next to a main road. This resulted in several logistical challenges for deliveries and the workforce. Additionally, due to the bespoke nature of the work, we also experience a long lead time on some plant and materials on a fairly short duration project.

THE SOLUTION
Having worked on many London property projects over the years, our team is fortunately well experienced in managing the challenging delivery logistics presented by London streets. To overcome the challenges with our Kings Cross Road project, we implemented careful project and programme planning from the start, and ensured continuous liaison with TFL and local authorities. To address the challenges of long lead times, we worked proactively to ensure early design sign-off which meant we could submit orders well before material were required and be confident they would be available at the right stage of the project.

PROJECT GALLERY

THINGS WE LEARNED
A common issue faced on most projects is handling the management of necessary equipment and materials, however, this challenge is becoming more acute as clients more frequently seek bespoke design elements. With some items and materials the lead times can be unbelievably long, and as we expand our knowledge of different materials and suppliers, we now have far better insight into which elements might result in the longest lead times. We therefore take as proactive an approach as possible when ordering these items to avoid any delays, and always keep our clients in the loop if we have any concerns about the impact a request might have on the delivery of a project.

ARCHITECT - Stiff + Trevillion
SERVICES CONSULTANT - Peter Deer Associates
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER - Akera Engineers
PROJECT MANAGER - Lavingtons
PQS - Lavingtons

SERVICES USED
Contractor Design Management
Project Management
Office Refurbishment

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