43-44 Hoxton Square, London
The South Shoreditch Conservation Area is a district of London featuring many Victorian and Edwardian buildings that are granted special protections. In more recent years it has grown in popularity as a destination for creative and tech businesses that thrive within its digital ecosystem.
Our client, a multinational insurance and pensions firm, identified the opportunity to expand its presence in the area and take advantage of this creative and vibrant community. To do this, it needed a partner that could deliver a sympathetic yet contemporary restoration to extend and modernise its building, in a logistically-challenging location.
Project: Construction, Fit Out
Sector: Commercial, Historic
Size: 10,600 sq ft
Programme: 60 weeks
Contract: JCT Traditional
Structural: Furness Green Partnership
The refurbishment of 43-44 Hoxton Square required our team’s expertise to tackle complex logistics, structural extensions and the constraints of a heritage site.
As well as demolishing the rear section of the building, the project involved the creation of a new basement extension and new concrete structure. New windows across the whole building, renovation of the front elevation and a complete internal fit out completed its transformation into a state-of-the-art office environment fit for a new digital age.
The land-locked site required intelligent solutions and extensive negotiation with stakeholders such as Hackney Council, to manage the logistics. As well as arranging road closures to bring materials, plant and equipment to the site, we installed a conveyor system and crane lifts to increase efficiency during construction.
Our design manager ensured strong collaboration between the design team and contractors at every stage of the project. The design management included 3D scans to validate the design, intrusive surveys to establish the existing structural build in relation to adjacent properties, and the creation of connection details for the new structure.
The building was connected to properties on both sides and the rear, some of which are listed. To ensure that all agreements were in place before the temporary works and demolition elements started, our team provided methods of work and schematic information that critiqued or developed the strategy, with relevant stakeholders for each party wall.
Our project team programmed and sequenced the works, so as the diverse and potentially conflicting elements of the building were brought together in a logical and timely sequence. The project was completed smoothly and the client team was able to move into the building immediately, with no return visits from our contractors.
Wayne Pinnock, Divisional Director, 8build
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