The project involved extensive first floor renovation and a roof extension to create an additional storey in this former warehouse, containing nine duplex apartments with inset balconies above existing commercial units. The confined heritage site was the first of a three-phase 12 month programme of mixed-use buildings, which was logistically challenging but completed efficiently and successfully by Edgeley Construction.
The Edgeley team was appointed at pre-construction RIBA 2 stage to manage all aspects of the programme until fit out and completion, including all M&E and utility services. We worked closely with the developer to ensure the most effective and lucrative outcome for their vision.
The site threw up several logistical challenges owing to its restricted access, shared with commercial leaseholders who continued operating on the ground floor for the duration of the programme. We successfully managed multiple party wall agreements and maintained clear communication throughout. Our site managers held weekly meetings with the local business owners and updated site notices daily at the shared entrance for all to see.
Temporary works were erected to ensure safe and efficient demolition of the roof structure and creation of an extra storey to maximise residential space and revenue potential. We carefully co-ordinated all deliveries and working at height activities around requirements of neighbouring properties, minimising the impact on their businesses. Simple lifting hoists and crane operations were employed to complete the project, with a particular focus on Health and Safety procedures to safeguard construction teams and residents alike. This resulted in zero downtime for existing businesses, labour being optimised, and lower costs for the developer.
Once the existing masonry was extended and the new steel roof structure was complete, we added detailing including fenestration to the inset balconies, to match the existing warehouse style of the building and environs.
Maximising the usable space ensured the building’s future and has added more sustainable homes for generations, boosting the residential community. The flats proved so popular that the first residents moved in before we’d completed all the new apartments on site.
Removing the roof while ensuring the continued operation of the ground floor businesses was a particular challenge of this programme and is a highlight that we’re all proud of.
For the other phases on this site, see: https://www.edgeley.co/projects/124-128-brixton-hill