Ames House

Hark Design & Development Ltd

Renovating a building within a busy area to boost tenant offerings for a private developer. We were appointed to enhance the current building and offer three new duplex apartments.

Our client, Hark Design & Development Ltd are a private property company who entrusted us to deliver blissful spaces for potential tenants.


Project: Refurbishment

Sector: Residential

Size: 21,345 sq ft

Programme: 59 weeks

Contract: JCT Traditional

Procurement: Single-stage

Value: £4.5m

Completion Date: 18.12.15


Architect: Originate Architecture Ltd

PM: We are Concert

PQS: We are Concert

Services: E&M Technica LLP

Structural: Masan Navarro & Pledge

The Project

We commenced the demolition and reconstruction of the existing top two floors which then offered three new inviting duplex apartments over floors three to six. In addition, a full refurbishment to the residential reception, the lifts and the basement plant room took place within the live, working building.

Works comprised of essential storage upgrade, modern WCs and showers, a welcome reception area, friendly communal areas, kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, and terraces. Works to roof to accommodate essential additional plant, acoustic treatment, a new roof structure and roof coverings.


Occupied Area

With the building being live in a commercial capacity, scheduling the noisy, usually disruptive works was a key challenge.

Two velvet sofas in a light spacious living room


Business As Usual

Out of hours working was safely managed to ensure business as usual continued throughout the commercial office space.

A view of the dining space over the indoor balcony


Extensive External Works

In terms of the vacated residential areas, the scaffolding required to support the fifth and sixth floor demolition works would incorporate monoflex coverings to confine dust and waste to the site boundaries.

A clean and modern kitchen with skylight


Clear Communication

The communal areas had notices displayed throughout with our contact details on to advise building occupants on how the works were proceeding. Regular meetings took place with all stakeholders to manage expectations.

A marble-walled bathroom with free-standing bath and double sink

8build were very pro-active in helping achieve this challenging design whilst keeping the quality at a high level at all times.

Mark Cliff, Client, Hark Design & Development Ltd

A minimalistic bedroom with Juliette balcony

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