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St Lukes Hall

Project: Conversion of an old commercial office building into 14 one and two bedroom apartments
Client: Temple Developments Ltd
Contract Value: £1.2m

The Challenge
One of the first obstacles Helm faced was how to work around the Victorian culvert which ran diagonally beneath the basement. Extra care was taken during the piling process to ensure no damage occurred on the structure of the historic building, which had remained untouched for more than a hundred years. Other challenges included removing everything from the inside including load bearing walls, the roof, timbers and chimney, leaving us with an empty shell. There were also issues with the design in order to make the new extension fit in with the existing building including some last minute changes which delayed the piling and steel frame erection. It was important that the demolition works were carried out safely and effectively as well as the safe removal of the existing staircase. There were further site restrictions due to being an inner city project which resulted in parking restrictions, lack of space, occupied flats opposite dust pollution.

The Solution
Scaffolding was erected throughout the building with decks at a specific height which enables us to carry out all demolition and erect the steel frame internally by feeding steels through the roof and windows. We made arrangements to allow us to park in local companies car parks and fenced off some of the private road to create additional parking. Deliveries and noisy operations were restricted to sensible hours and regular meetings were held with the Client to ensure customer satisfaction. We had a team of bricklayers to remove masonry a floor at a time and kept a stock pile of debris to maximise cost effectiveness for removal.

The Result
All design issues were successfully resolved and the apartments have been finished to a high quality with a modern feel, despite the complex nature of the project throughout.