A full inter-disciplinary service was provided to Camden Council for this multi-phase regeneration scheme comprising the upgrade of seven blocks of residential accommodation.
Previously housing 215 run down bed-sits arranged in clusters of three or four rooms centred around shared facilities with no heating and poor insulation, Camden Council undertook the complete renovation of the Holly Lodge Estate’s residential blocks; converting the bed-sits into a mix of self-contained accommodation refurbished to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.
The new apartments benefit from the installation of under floor heating, double glazing and external wall insulation.
The scheme provides a total of 85 new homes for council rent, shared ownership and the open market. The majority of the units are one- and two-bedroom apartments, with 8 three-bedroom family dwellings.
The full programme of works at Holly Lodge was split into four phases. The first two phases saw the regeneration of three of the seven blocks and were funded by a grant from the Homes and Community Agency. The remaining four blocks were refurbished in two further phases, funded by the Greater London Authority.
Our hands-on style of project management at Holly Lodge enabled us to maintain an excellent understanding of what was happening on site, form strong and trusting relationships with all involved and react fast and effectively when needed.
The procurement process was managed by us through both Camden’s existing framework agreements and other pre-qualification methods.
Having been involved in all stages of the project, we were able to incorporate solutions to commonly occurring issues into the design of later phases to prevent handover and commissioning issues.
Close relationships with the client and contractor also enabled us to identify early any previously unknown risk items to enable the mobilisation of mitigation strategies to minimise their impact.
With significant experience of running projects on occupied estates, we were able to effectively communicate with and satisfy the requirements of the Estate Management Board, the Residents’ Association, tenants and other interested parties.
Our monthly cost and progress reports to the client, in addition to regular design team meetings in order to progress the structural remediation works, kept Camden Council well informed throughout, whilst any changes in the client’s requirements were dealt with efficiently whilst minimising their effect on programme, cost and quality.