Phase two works consisted of refurbishing and extending the lower floors of the building, coupled with installations of a new external structure, unique galvanised cladding, height glazed screen and new lifts. The external staircase and public walkway was also remodelledThe first phase of the project was fully let within seven months of completion, with new tenants including GDS, Wilmington, Perkins+Will and Reddie & Grose, whilst phase two was pre-let in its entirety to Fotografiska and operates as the London School of Photography.
Across both phases the team worked closely with Transport for London (TfL) due to the proximity of the Aldgate and Aldgate East underground stations, ensuring that there was no disruption to the underground network. There was also the laying of a new cycle super highway outside the building that was given priority access and so the external works had to be coordinated around this. A strong working relationship with TfL helped to ensure effective delivery. For phase two there was also a requirement for a temporary road closure, which was also completed with minimum disruption across two weekend periods.
Working in a live environment also presented challenges as the higher floors were already occupied. The project team held weekly meetings with the tenants to keep them up to date on all works and developments. Minimising disruption to tenants was of paramount importance to our client and a key element of the project’s resulting success.