Just completed (for a competition) an unusal project.
Rennovation/refurbishment of a council tower block in East London.
5 towers originally built in the 1960's following teh bombing of the victorian streets in teh are during WW2.
one tower was demolished this summer, and another is scheduled for demolition next year, and is currently being decanted (residents rehoused)
The three other towers are planned to be renovated.
One by an appointed architect and two others by way of the competition.
The structure of the towers (14 stories) very standard for the time.
Concrete frame infil brick panels and single galazed steel frame windows.
Countless problems with the area and the towers themselves.
We interviewed a 60 yer old resident from barbados who had lived there for 20 years.
Expected budget is between Â£5 and Â£6 million for each tower (and landscaping)
interesting as the council plans to temporarily house residents elsewhere whislt work is being carried out and then rehouse them in same apartments (wonce rennovated)
so quite a big project management task.
Its not at a stage where its been costed in any real way and our budget plan was simply working back from the proposed figures.
half the money (Â£2.8m) to be spent on communal facilities (lobbies lifts stairs and services) and landscaping/external areas
With the other half (Â£2.8m) to be split "equally" between the residents for use on their own apartments.
There are 4 apartments per floor which makes 56 in total, so we were proposing approx Â£50,000 for each apartment (although half are 1 bed and half two bed) so it needs more research into current occupancy patterns.
and maybe make it a Â£60,000 and Â£40,000 respectively.
the consultation will then interview all residents to facilitate teh production of a catalogue of key concerns and (possible solutions) which will then be able to be selected by the individual residents.
ie (larger balcony) Â£5,000
kitchen type 1 Â£5,000
addition of dining area (bolt on) Â£10,000
bathroom type 6 Â£5,000
Re flooring throughout choice of finish Â£5,000
that way the residents know how much is being spent and have control over what happens to their apartment (within set/reasobably limits)
ie no gold taps!
but the external appearance of teh towers is thus designed/developed by the combination of individual choices.
small image attached of one of many possible external appearences.
If you want any more info/want to use it as a case study. very intersted in helping out/developing it further
and if you have construction management skills would be nice to chat!
might send larger images t paul for unbuilt section (but depends on what happens with the results!)
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