Architect:
Make Architects

Client:
West London Suburban Property Investment Limited

Contractor:
Multiplex

Scope & Products:

  • Fire rated screens
  • Fire rated doors
  • Art deco styling
  • Steel frames

Challenges:

• Highly built up area
• Meet the art deco theme whilst meeting modern day fire rated regulations
• Need to be fire rated to the highest standard whilst still letting light in
• Some panes were arched at the head and 3.5m tall by 3m wide.
• Glass handling of such large panes required specialist in-house team.
• Managing deliveries from the continent – timing and project management essential due to limited storage onsite.

Overview:

Propak are currently working in partnership with Multiplex on the £180m Charlotte street project of which a nine-storey mixed-use scheme compromising 321,000 sq ft of offices, 45,000 sq ft of apartments (including 10,000 sq ft of affordable housing), 14,000 sq ft of retail and a new public park. This new development is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, alongside LEED and Ecohomes targets. The site is located in Fitzrovia near London’s West End and is bounded by four streets.

Propak’s work has already been completed on phase one of the project and the scaffolding has been taken down to reveal a stunning building with brand new art deco styled windows and fire rated doors. Propak now move onto the second phase of 80 Charlotte Street having met all deadlines and expectations of the first phase.

The Charlotte street project compromises the refurbishing of the existing building and building onto it with 30% of the original structure being retained to reduce waste and carbon emissions whilst retaining the character – making Propak an ideal choice.

Whenever we are working on a new project, understanding the client’s needs is essential so that our in-house design team can ensure their criteria is not only met but exceeded.

When working with any residential project, especially in the capital, and in such close proximity, making sure all the windows and doors (internal and external) meet the highest fire regulations is our number one priority whilst still meeting the design needs both inside and out – something we have over 40 years’ experience in achieving. Multiplex were keen to keep the elements of the façade to match the art deco history of the building – something we matched on phase one of the project – we love bringing historical buildings back to there former glory!

As the work is being carried out in a busy and built up area it has been crucial that we keep disruption to a minimum to ensure offices (including Saatchi & Saatchi!) around can carry on with their normal day-to-day work. Having worked on some of the most prestigious and built up areas in London – it is second nature to us to ensure minimal disruption for the surrounding buildings and smooth running on site.

We have loved working on the project so far and we are looking forward to the second phase and getting closer to those prestigious awards – we will keep you posted on our progress!

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