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Heritage Projects

KCL Music Rooms

CLIENT: Kings College London
VALUE: £2.75m
DATE: May 2018

The KCL music rooms project consisted of the refurbishment of 48 rooms in a Grade I listed building, and the complete replacement of the slate and lead roofs to the 2 buildings. The project also includes the full refurbishment of 169 box sash windows 40% of which are windows in live areas of the college.

Overview of the works carried out:

  • Full refurbishment of 48 rooms including installation of new of power, lighting, data, AV, and fire alarm systems spread over 2 buildings
  • Full refurbishment of 169 box sash windows(40% carried out in live areas ) including internal and external decorations
  • Complete replacement of roof slates to allslopes and all associated leadworks to both buildings
  • Replacement flat roofs
  • Full façade cleaning
  • Repointing & repairs of brickwork facades
  • Repointing & repairs to Stonework facades
  • Full scaffolding to all elevations including temporary roofs

All the above works have been carried out whilst the college was open, with students & lecturers occupying the refurbished rooms as soon as they had been handed over back to the college.

We set up our site offices and welfare initially within our work space areas until such time that these areas were due to be refurbished. We then relocated the site set up to an area within the college to complete our works.

Both buildings are 6 floors high with 142 steps to the top level in each building. There are no lifts, so we used a goods only hoist for the vertical distribution of materials, labour had to walk up through the buildings.

All material deliveries , and waste collections came through a small service entrance under the building that lead directly onto the red route Victoria embankment carriageway . The entrance from the Embankment was just large enough to allow a skip lorry to drop a single skip for the waste disposal.

Informal meetings with the college design team happened almost daily at the beginning of the project, as the design was not complete when we started. Formal meetings were held every fortnight, with about 14 people in attendance including all of the college design team, associated interested parties, and the college project management team.

The college had a dedicated manager (Hab Islam) Paul Jordan (project manager) liaised with on a nearly hourly basis, and Paul provided contact details to the various lecturers as they took ownership of each completed space. This helped hugely in dealing with any issue that arose, and significantly cut down on the email traffic.

Project gallery

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