The Baxall team successfully delivered another luxury development for delighted long-standing client, The Cheval Group. This high quality refurbishment contract encompassed the conversion of offices and refurbishment works at 126 Brompton Road to create 4 prestigious residential penthouses/ apartments for private rental. Delivered to both the Code for Sustainable Homes (Level 4) and BREEAM Very Good, the works included removal of the existing interiors, reconstruction of the roof to create an additional penthouse floor, lift installation and all new services to the highest standard of design and completion.
Situated over an existing cafe, businesses and shops and close to Harrods in the prestigious Knightsbridge neighbourhood of London, the project was no easy feat. The logistical challenges of space restrictions amidst a bustling shopping, traffic and commercial district coupled with managing stakeholder safety and minimising disruption meant the team were kept fully occupied before they had even set foot on site. Brompton Road itself is a red route and as such, a parking bay was suspended throughout the contract duration to enable ‘just-in-time’ deliveries to take place both for Baxall and neighbouring businesses, thus enabling all stakeholders to operate with minimal disruption.
The site was surrounded by a diversity of stakeholders ranging from the residents on Montpelier Mews to local businesses and the general public. Clear, regular and inclusive communication was essential to ensure that all parties were kept updated of the works and disruption minimised. To this end, the Contracts Manager and Site Manager ensured ongoing face-to-face liaison, letter-drops and the provision of weekly reports, advising of progress and any forthcoming likely noisy or disruptive works.
Following liaison with Westminster City Council, special dispensation was obtained on a number of occasions to allow Sunday working; the quiet periods in the morning prior to the shops opening proved a prime time to carry out key ‘intrusive’ works such as scaffold erection and removal thus significantly reducing impact to stakeholder safety and disruption. The Baxall Decorators completed the final stages of the project to an exceptional standard.
The whole team excelled in managing the works safely and efficiently whilst maintaining positive relations and open communication with all affected stakeholders throughout the works period, culminating in an exceptional high quality project and delighted client.