Camden Mews, London

Client: Executec

Location: Camden Town, London

Project: New development of four mews houses.

Project Value: circa £1.5 million

Structural Engineer: Constructure

Status: Complete

THE SITE

The site was brownfield and vacant with only a storage shed being used by the owner.

THE BRIEF

We were brought onto the project to significantly alter an existing planning permission in order to meet building regulations and our client’s aspirations.

THE CHALLENGES

The challenges began with a previous design that met neither the client’s aspirations, building regulations, nor party wall matters.

The site is accessed via a densely populated and narrow, cobbled mews meaning that neighbour liaison and construction vehicle coordination was vitally important to the success of the build.

During the construction phase of the project two main building contractors failed to complete their work meaning that the project was interrupted and new contracts put in place.

THE SOLUTION

We began by ensuring that the design met current building regulations and that party wall matters were now fully considered. This had a knock-on effect of requiring substantial changes to the design and, therefore, additional permissions were sought from the local authority.

We presented to the neighbours on several occasions and assisted in communicating with them and the local authority to ease the challenges of the construction site.

Because of the changes of main contractors, programming and value engineering became important to the success of the project, all the while maintaining a quality of development that the developer client aspired to.