Complex debut on the Brompton Road
ME Construction has begun its first contract for South Kensington Estates (SKE) with a complex, £2.15m, 49-week project.
Founded in 1997, SKE manages, develops and lets a portfolio of over 400 properties for one of London’s oldest estates. By investing in the residential properties, historic garden squares and specialist shops and eateries, SKE continues to restore and recover an area of London celebrated for its importance in architecture, culture and history. In 2005, SKE extended its portfolio by buying, from the Wellcome Trust, three large blocks of mixed use properties at the eastern end of the Brompton Road - called the Brompton Quarter.
ME Construction’s project for SKE was designed by the architects Child Graddon Lewis and involves fully refurbishing and reconfiguring existing apartments above a restaurant on the Brompton Road. Beginning in mid-February 2015, the project also involves demolishing an existing Egerton Mews property at the rear of the site and building a new extension, containing a new apartment and garage.
“In addition to all of that, we’re constructing a shell for a new restaurant in the property’s existing basement – which will be fitted out at a later date,” says David Morford, the company’s Estimating and Pre-Contracts Manager. “Furthermore, we have to make a new street access for the people who are living in the adjoining apartments – which further adds to the project’s complexity.”
SKE’s decision to appoint ME Construction Ltd was followed by their visit to the recently completed Hans House project for Cadogan Estates. The £2.2m project, completed last year, took some 12 months and involved carrying out external repairs and internal refurbishment to the five-storey, Grade II Listed Hans House, in Hans Street in Chelsea. In addition to dealing with construction-related challenges, company staff had to minimise noise and also ensure continuous access to the area for other people while the work was going on - keeping disruption to life and work in the area, due to the work, to a minimum. David says: “We’ll be doing exactly the same at the Brompton Road project.”