calfordseaden has been engaged to provide building surveying services in relation to the construction of an additional floor at Mary Flux Court to create four new flats. Mary Flux Court is a sheltered housing scheme for use by older single women.
The existing site lies within a conservation area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and consists of a group of four converted Victorian houses providing 43 independent residential units, including studios and one and two-bedroom flats over four storeys plus a basement.
Services provided include project management, contract administration and client adviser expertise for the design and delivery of the project. Although the majority of design was completed outside of our appointment, we have provided the client with structural engineering and CDM principle designer services.
In order to create the space required to accommodate the new flats, water tanks were removed from the existing roof and a new tank provided in the garden as part of an enabling works package that was tendered separately to mechanical contractors.
In order to provide a design that complied with the necessary regulations it was necessary to extend the height of the existing lift shaft and adapt the stair well to provide access to the new floor level.
During the early design stages we were able to advise the client that the remodelling work planned for the properties on the third floor would result in the need for the properties to be vacated while the work was carried out. The residents were temporarily rehomed in good time, avoiding potential delays.
We also worked with the client and their legal advisors to prepare a contract for the main works. As negotiations became complex we advised the client to instruct their legal adviser to prepare a letter of intent, enabling the building work to commence.