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Residential Land – Garden House

Garden House is a Georgian, Grade II listed building consisting of seven town houses previously converted into 58 apartments.

Client

Residential Land

Value

£5m

Duration

October 2013 - January 2015

Contract

JCT Design & Build 2011

Location

Kensington, London

Building Type

• Residential remodelling & refurbishment

Project Background

Residential Land are London’s largest private landlord and letting agents, specialising in lettings and sales of residential blocks and investment property across the UK’s capital city.

One such residential block is Garden House – a Georgian, Grade II listed building consisting of seven town houses originally built in 1860 as a grand mansion before being transformed into apartments in the 1970s.

J Tomlinson was appointed by Residential Land to remodel and refurbish the apartments, whilst working within the framework of the Listed Building Consent. This involved internal restructuring of the previous building layout to maximise natural light and create larger, open plan rooms.


J Tomlinson's Solution

Sympathetic design and build

Given the building’s listed endorsement and its striking characteristics, it was important to the client that the authenticity of the building was maintained, whilst the refurbishments provided a comfortable yet modern feel where the end user would feel at home. Meticulous planning, organised by J Tomlinson in the form of meetings at mobilisation and then regularly throughout the contract, went into the design and layout of the apartment.

The project required close liaison with the Highways Agency due to its busy urban location. To mitigate disruption, we worked with the Agency to develop bespoke traffic management plans.

Low carbon material use

Low carbon devices were incorporated into the specification to lower long-term running costs of the building, to the benefit of our client and end users. This included installation of an advanced Building Management System, enhanced insulation cover and new LED lighting. All M&E design and installation works were completed by our in-house team, ensuring the highest levels of quality.

Adopting BSRIA Soft Landings

This was a logistically-complex refurbishment project, with strict planning and conservations protocols to be adhered to, within a set time and specification criteria. Adopting the BSRIA Soft Landings process led to close working relationships between the client and project manager, and also assisted in the seamless delivery of an exceptionally high-quality project.


Project Achievements

BSRIA SOFT LANDINGS – adopting the BSRIA Soft Landings approach ensured that the programme and various project-specific protocols were adhered to

INTEGRATED CONSTRUCTION AND M&E SERVICES – all M&E design and installation works were undertaken by J Tomlinson’s in-house M&E team, ensuring the highest levels of quality

HIGH-PROFILE PROJECT – on completion, the apartments were covered in the Telegraph newspaper in May 2016, depicting the uniqueness of the newly renovated garden complex in the heart of Central London. The article highlighted the attention to detail of the interior and the tranquillity of these apartments, described as “affordable luxury” Residential Land

ENGAGEMENT WITH PLANNING AND CONSERVARTION TEAMS – all variations were agreed and approved within set timetables without disrupting the programme

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT – throughout the project, we established and maintained regular and effective communication with local resident committee, Kensington Gardens Association, to ensure they were fully aware of the works being undertaken and to