Silver delivers a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients across the UK. These range in scale from large regeneration programmes and mixed-use, multi-tenure schemes to smaller challenges such as the redevelopment of garage blocks and infill sites for domestic use.

Our Projects


Granville Road, Barnet - Joint Venture

Client:  New Granville LLP 

Services: Development Manager, JV Supervisor & Cost Consultant 

The regeneration of the Granville Road Estate in Barnet will provide improvement to the overall estate environment and public realm, and delivers a 132 mixed tenure homes for private sale and shared ownership.  

The scheme is a JV partnership between One Housing and Mulalley Construction Ltd. 

The Green, Southall

Client: Peabody Construction Ltd 

Services : Cost consultant and planning project manager 

Peabody invited Silver to join their bid team for a competition run by LB Ealing to tender for the redevelopment of a site in Southall. 

We were delighted to support the client team and during the bid stage produced cost planning, construction programming and logistics, risk management as well as technical contributions for the written submission.  

Upon winning the bid, we were appointed as Cost Consultant and Planning Project Manager to take the scheme forward to planning. In October 2020, the scheme design of eight buildings comprising four main towers ranging from three to 19-storeys, comprising 564 new homes successfully achieved Resolution to Grant Consent (subject to signing S106). 

Lincolnshire Lakes, Garden City

Client: Private Developer 

Service: Cost Consultant for Masterplan 

This is a proposed Garden City of six new villages and five lakes on existing agricultural land near Scunthorpe. 

Silver is appointed by developer, to provide a masterplan cost study and produce cost studies for each individual 

phase and land parcels for the development comprising 5,000 residential homes, commercial space, education facilities, leisure facilities and site-wide infrastructure and landscaping provision.  

The proposals are extensive with the overall vision for new villages to be set in a widespread park system of 200 hectares with a network of new lakes. 

Boston Road, Hanwell – Joint Venture

Client: A2DD HP Boston Road LLP 

Services: Development Manager, Project Manager, JV Supervisor & Client Representative 

This Joint Venture partnership between A2Dominion and Higgins Partnership Ltd will enhance the existing residential quarter of Hanwell, delivering 360 high quality mixed tenure residential apartments and new commercial space.  

Silver is appointed by the LLP to perform various roles and functions throughout the life of the project, including Development Manager and Project Manager to secure planning and cost consultancy for scheme viability appraisals.  

We are also appointed as JV Supervisor under the development agreement to oversee the project on behalf of the LLP and as Client Representative to monitor the affordable units during construction. 

St Michael’s and Star Street, Energy Performance

Client: Notting Hill Genesis

Services: Condition Surveys and Feasibility Report

This is a pilot project commissioned by NHG for our Building Surveying team to provide services to inform their plans to achieve and improve energy performance across a portfolio of their historic housing stock.

We have undertaken a total of 44 condition surveys and subsequently produced feasibility strategy reports for a sample of Georgian Grade II Listed residential properties in St Michael’s and Star Street.

The period of the properties surveyed present challenges when considering energy efficiency measures that include the need to ensure that any proposed solutions proposed by our team were not damaging to the building fabric, were sympathetic to the protected features and followed Westminster Council’s Local Plan and Heritage Policy

As well as condition surveys our service included M&E surveys, energy performance certificates, measured surveys and structural surveys followed by the review of all survey data obtained to prepare a thorough and detailed feasibility report with budget cost estimates, predicted EPC outcomes and estate wide opportunities.

We have now presented and discussed our findings with Notting Hill Genesis to move forward with the next stage to upgrade energy performance of their housing stock.

 

Stag House, Extra Care Home, Barnet

Client:  Barnet Homes

Service: Site Inspection

This extra care home development provides 51 rooms and communal area for residents. 

Emlyn Gardens, White City

Client: Shepherds Bush Housing Association 

Services:  Employer’s Agent and Principal Designer 

New build 14-unit residential block for affordable rent, specialist care unit and community hall 

This mixed-use scheme comprises 14 residential apartments for affordable rent, eight of which are for Yarrow Housing Association residents with learning disabilities. The scheme also includes a specialist care unit and community hall. 

We acted as Employer’s Agent and Principal Designer for the duration of the project, including management of the tender stage and formation of the Employer’s Requirements which involved liaison with our client stakeholders to determine requirements for residents with learning difficulties.  

Goffs Academy, Hertfordshire

Client: Net Zero Buildings Investments​

Services:  Employer’s agent and quality management​

This project comprises the design and build of a new sixth form centre providing new classrooms and a state-of-the-art fitness centre, procured by Goffs Multi Academy Trust.

Thomas Day School, Battersea

Client:  Thomas Day School​

Services:  Project Management, Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant and Principal Designer

This conversion of the existing Royal Academy of Dance site in Battersea into a facility for Thomas’ School (Battersea’s inaugural secondary school) for 400 students– 28 classrooms, science laboratories, cafeteria and dining hall.

The project involves demolition of the 1970s extension and the addition of an articulated mansard to the granary building, both ensuring that any improvements are sympathetic with their surroundings.

Our services included the project management of the planning application which was successfully achieved.

Wyville School, Lambeth

Client: London Borough of Lambeth​

Services:  Employer’s agent, technical advisor and quality management​

 

This is a new 2FE primary school for LB of Lambeth that formed part of the Keybridge House Phase 2 JV proposals.  This is the JV partnership between A2Dominion Housing Group and Mount Anvil.

Our employer’s agent remained heavily involved in the benchmarking of both the school classrooms and residential snagging/ de-snagging process which has driven up quality and has been part of the success of the overall scheme.

Renaissance and Baroque Court, Hounslow

Client:  A2Dominion Housing Group

Services: Building Surveying and Contract Administration

As part of our scope, we have undertaken desktop, visual and intrusive external wall surveys (EWS). We were then appointed to deliver the remedial works on behalf of our client. This appointment follows the release of the Building Safety Advice from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, which was produced as part of the Grenfell Inquiry.

The site comprises two large residential blocks set over nine storeys (24m high) with existing render over polystyrene insulation cladding. We worked collaboratively with the client, fire engineers, designer, Approved Inspector, contractor and structural engineers to replace the cladding system in its entirety with an A2-rated system.

The tenure of blocks are a mix of leaseholder, shared ownership and key worker accommodation. Following completion of the EWS surveys, we assisted the client with their application to the Building Safety Fund. We produced the tender documentation, tendered the works, negotiated the contract, assisted the client with the serving of Section 20 notices to the leaseholders and are currently administering the works on site.

 

 

Havelock Estate Regeneration, Southall

Client: Catalyst Housing Ltd

Services:  Cost Consultant and Employer’s Agent

Our initial appointment in 2015 as Cost Consultants for Phase 1A was subsequently extended to Employer’s Agent for Phase 1B of the estate regeneration.

The scheme which completed in 2021, started with the demolition of existing buildings, asbestos removal and comprised the design and construction of 291 mixed tenure residential dwellings and Catalyst’s new staff office facilities. The scheme is now fully occupied and won ‘Best Regeneration Initiative’ at 2020 Evening Standard New Homes Awards.

 

Webber Street, Commercial Office space

Client:         Colorama House Limited​

Contractor: Synergy Property Group Ltd ​

Services: Employer’s agent, cost consultants and quality management​

We have managed the design and build of this office fit out to part Category A and part Category B standards to three floors including basement level.

 

The Willows, Extra Care Home, Brent

Client:         LB of Brent

Services:     Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant and Principal Designer

This provides 60 extra care dwellings with amenity and care facilities in new purpose-built extra care housing

The redevelopment of The Willows Care Home site is part of the London Borough of Brent’s New Accommodation Independent Living (‘NAIL’) Programme Regeneration, which aims to deliver new accommodation options for people with high care and support needs, including extra care housing.

The Council’s overarching brief for The Willows Care Home site was to provide 60+ extra care dwellings with associated amenity and care facilities in an exemplary model of new purpose-built extra care housing. The accommodation is to be of high-quality and well designed to promote residents’ wellbeing and maximise their independence in line with best practice principles of designing homes for older adults.

We have been involved in the project from the outset working collaboratively with LB of Brent and the design team, developing the design and specification.

Our health and safety team have also provided Principal Designer services during this period, attending design team meetings to raise queries on potential risk in order to close out at an early stage. Our Principal Designer also formulated the CDM pre-construction information for inclusion within the invitation to tender and contract documents.

 

 

Warwick Square, Paternoster Square

Client:            Stanhope PLC

Services:        Principal Designer

This scheme comprises the extensive refurbishment of commercial space including reconfiguration of ground floor reception to incorporate reception and business lounge; provision of new terraces at level 6 and roof level and refurbishment of terraces at levels 4 and 5.

 

West King Street Renewal Hammersmith W6

Client: Hammersmith & Fulham Council and A2Dominion
Services: Cost Consultancy and Project Management

A joint venture between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and A2Dominion to redevelop the west side of King Street, Silver is appointed to deliver this ambitious renovation of the Town Hall and breathe new life into this part of Hammersmith. Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, one of the world’s leading firms of architects, have been commissioned to work up this complex scheme.

The redevelopment of the Grade II Listed Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall incorporates a two storey glass extension on top of the Town Hall, complete refurbishment of council’s existing offices space, demolition of the adjacent existing Town Hall extension and construction of approximately 205 dwellings, 10,000m2 of office space and 1,500m2 of retail space across three 5 storey blocks. This scheme will also offer a 250 seat basement cinema, office space for business start-ups and a new arts quarter alongside new cafes, shops and restaurants.

The scheme has its unique challenges such as the desire for the scheme to become an exemplar site in terms of Accessibility, Air Quality and Efficiency, which are all the highest priority for the borough. 

As well as our appointment as project managers to support the planning application for the new building and refurbishment redevelopment of the Town Hall, our cost consultancy team team are commissioned to undertake cost management and planning, as well as looking after the viability of the scheme.

The image supplied courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

 

York Place, Battersea

Client: York Place Buildings Limited, A2Dominion Group
Services: Project Management, Employer's Agent, Cost Consultancy, Principal Designer and Quality Management

This residential and commercial development on the former Homebase site in Battersea incorporates the new headquarters for the Royal Academy of Dance.

We were appointed to project manage and assemble a full planning application on behalf of York Place Buildings Limited. The secured planning consent was for three buildings above a new basement and landscaped podium, rising to 21 storeys, and providing 254 residential units, with 5,710m2 of Class D1 education space, café and drinking establishment space.

Keybridge, Vauxhall, Landmark Development

Client: Keybridge House LLP
Services: Client Representative, Employer's Agent, Project Management and Quality Management

This landmark development at the heart of a regenerated Vauxhall delivers 470 high-end residential apartments, including 165 Build to Rent, in five blocks. One of the blocks, at 37 storeys, will feature the UK’s tallest brick façade. The scheme includes commercial space at the base of the residential blocks, a gym with swimming pool, landscaped gardens and a new public square.

The project involved the demolition of Keybridge House, a five-storey podium and 16-storey tower, whilst retaining, adapting and incorporating its double basement in to the new scheme. Previously owned by BT and once the world’s largest international digital telephone exchange; as the basement was reinforced with abnormal concrete slabs, the main tower incorporated asbestos within its structure and the site is close to a railway viaduct. The project presented a number of challenges.

Phase 2 comprised the demolition of existing buildings and associated structures (retained basement), and the design and construction of 125 residential dwellings and new school to ground and basement (including fit-out), associated external works and infrastructure.

London Quaker Meeting House, Hammersmith

Client: A2Dominion
Service: Employer's Agent, Cost Consultancy and Site Inspection

The project comprised the demolition of a school in Bradmore Park Road and the construction of a bespoke new Quaker Meeting House in Hammersmith and Fulham. This replaces the existing meeting house on the H&F Town Hall campus that is part of the West King Street Renewal Development.

The new landmark building was designed and built to the highest levels of environmental sustainability and achieved AECB (Passivhaus) standards for energy and acoustic performance. Appointed as employer’s agent, cost consultant and site inspectors, our team at Silver ensured the contractor completed this demanding, high quality scheme on time and within budget to meet the deadline for the Quaker’s to decant from their existing premises.

The Quakers Meeting House completed in 2020.

Southmere Lake, Thamesmead

Client: Peabody
Services: Employer’s Agent and Client CDM Advisor 

Southmere Lake was constructed as part of the original Thamesmead plan in the 1960s and now forms part of the emerging green infrastructure network which is at the heart of the regeneration strategy for Thamesmead.

We were appointed as Employer’s Agent and Client CDM Advisor for the Southmere Lake improvement works.

The project generally consisted of:

  • The design and installation of a new fountain as well as other associated landscaping works
  • Desilting of the lakebed
  • Formation of new reed beds
  • Construction of new timber fishing platforms and floating islands
  • The installation of a silt curtain and trash boom

As Client CDM Advisor, we acted as a key client advisor to Peabody throughout the design and construction phase. We also undertook monthly site inspections to monitor compliance. 

Nine Elms Park, Wandsworth SW8

Principal Designer for the challenging 5.64-hectare site to successfully and safely deliver 1,950 units

Client: Royal Mail Group
Service: Principal Designer

Principal Designer for Nine Elms Park Plots A, E, F, G and the Linear park. The 5.64-hectare site at Nine Elms in South London, currently home to Royal Mail Group sorting offices comprises seven serviced development plots within a park setting, with planning permission for up to 1,950 units in total.

The proposed development of Plots E, F and G comprises three residential-led buildings between 12-22-storeys in height, accommodating a total of 759 residential units and 833m2 gross external area (GEA) retail/community (use class A1-A5/D1-D2) floor space. Plot A consists of a new 10-storey office building and the Linear Park will stretch from Vauxhall to Battersea and contribute 7.2 acres of open green space.

Queen’s Wharf Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Client: Queen’s Wharf Riverside LLP
Services: Project Management and Cost Consultancy

This stunning development, next to the Grade II listed Hammersmith Bridge on the ‘Surrey Bend’ of the Thames, is the first residential and arts complex of its size in the UK

The multi-use scheme, a joint venture by Mount Anvil and FABRICA by A2Dominion, brings the world-famous Riverside Studios back to life and adds 165 private apartments. The development incorporates landscaped podium gardens, state-of-the-art TV studios, community arts complex with cafés and restaurant, and a six-metre wide riverside walkway and landscaped park area. It also includes a double basement and a CHP serving the apartments and the arts complex

Acton Town Hall, Refurbishment & New Build

Client: One Housing Group
Services: Employer’s Agent and Quality Management

This regeneration in the Borough of Ealing involves the redevelopment of the original Grade II Listed Acton Town Hall to provide a total of 71 residential units.

Works include the partial demolition of the building’s rear elevation, retention of the façades fronting High Street and Winchester Street, a roof extension, internal and external alterations plus the erection of a new residential building, landscaping, refuse and cycle storage.

18 Blackfriars Road, Hotel, Office, Residential

Client: Black Pearl Limited 
Services: Project Management (Planning Application), Cost Consultancy and Principal Designer Advisory Services

This high-quality, mixed use development comprises a 52-storey, high end residential tower with 227 apartments, a 37 storey office tower with 35,709 m2 of floor space, a 547 room hotel and a block of 65 affordable apartments. The scheme also includes a triple-level basement, additional retail space, landscaping and a new public square at the centre of the site. 

As Principal Designer Advisor to the Lead Architect and in line with CDM 2015 we set up a CDM design risk register (for the design team to input into) and chaired a number of CDM workshops focusing on the key risks throughout the course of the design phase. The design risk register acted as a schedule of hazards and design actions to record and monitor the design mitigation process developed by the individual design disciplines.

St. John’s Hill Estate, Clapham Junction

Client: Peabody

Services: Project Management and Cost Consultancy

This scheme comprises the redevelopment of the former St, John’s Hill Estate in Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, and proposes the demolition of existing 1930s buildings, and the construction of 599 new homes, delivered over three phases.

Silver is employed to provide Project Management and Cost Consultancy for the redevelopment of Phases 2 & 3, with responsibility to support the delivery of the scheme (from planning and pre-development) by project managing the procurement, construction, handover and aftercare.

Silver have undertaken a construction cost analysis, through a systematic process of challenging the building economics, efficiencies of the net to gross and wall to floor ratios, and eliminating any unnecessary complex detailing.

Silver’s major contribution was in our ability to manage the design and procurement processes to improve the efficiency of the design and increase the number of units from 527 to 599 working within the parameters of the previous planning consent.

Webber Street, Borough

Client: Colorama House Limited
Services: Project Management and Party Wall

Silver is appointed to project manage the demolition and redevelopment of a former warehouse and call centre, to provide a new eight storey building (plus basement), incorporating 39 apartments above three storeys of high quality, flexible office accommodation.

Silver was initially appointed to support the planning application process and, following securing of a planning consent, were retained to lead the design management to RIBA Stage 4. Our scope includes for all associated cost planning, in addition to the assembly of a construction method statement, logistics and programme planning.

Silver is also appointed to negotiate all adjoining owner licence requirements, and to act as Building Owners Surveyor in discharging their duties under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

The image of Webber Street supplied courtesy of Alan Camp Architects LLP.

Goldsworth Road, Woking, Private Sale & Commercial

Client: Prime Place
Services: Project Management (Planning Application) and Cost Consultancy

This high-end scheme proposes the delivery of 560 new build apartments across three 'staircasing' towers, the tallest of which reaches a height of 34 storeys. The scheme also includes 10,000 sq.m of office space, a double basement and ancillary spaces.

Silver’s combination of contractor and consultancy experience ensured that we had a complete understanding of the client brief and the team worked closely with the client and consultant team to manage the planning application. This needed to be completed as part of a reduced programme to align to client objectives, but was submitted within the timescale and achieved planning consent.

Our Cost Consultancy Team supported the application in terms of its viability against our client's business plan. Our Project Management Team was then able to apply their design management skills to control the costs of the selected façade system and thus contribute to the scheme’s viability.

Carlton House, Putney SW15

Client: FABRICA/A2Dominion Group
Service: Principal Designer, Project Management, Employer's Agent and Quality Management

Private development scheme comprising 73 high end apartments of various sizes within a part 12-storey, part
10-storey and part 4-storey building with retail and
office accommodation

NW Bicester Exemplar Phase, Oxfordshire

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Cost Consultancy, Quality Management 

The Exemplar is the initial phase in the development of the UK’s first Eco Town and when complete, will provide 393 highly energy-efficient homes and a village hub which includes a primary school, nursery, convenience store and business centre; creating a zero carbon community that is a first for the UK. 

Silver has been involved from the beginning and has been able to work innovatively and collaboratively with A2Dominion, Cherwell District Council and other stakeholders on this Exemplar phase, in order to achieve the highest standards in sustainability.

In relation to the wider Masterplan, proposing circa 5000 homes, with commercial centres, Silver has assembled the construction Cost Plan.

 

North Street, Hornchurch

Client: Bugler Developments
Services: Principal Designer

Located in Hornchurch Town Centre in the London Borough of Havering, this is a new build residential development comprising 44 high quality properties for private rent within a single brick-built block ranging between three and five storeys in height. The L-shaped block is five storeys to the east and three storeys on the western side and provides a mix of one and two-bedroom apartments.

We were appointed as Principal Designer by Bugler Developments and acted as a key advisor on health and safety aspects and undertook health and safety inspections during the construction phase to assist Bugler and monitor on-site health and safety compliance.

On the run up to completion we worked closely with Bugler and managed the entire health and safety file collation process. We tracked the information received from all contributors to ensure that the necessary information was provided in a timely manner and upon completion, we successfully provided the H&S file to the client which was reviewed and signed-off by the client CDM Advisor.

David Culliton, Bugler’s Pre-Construction Director said “We appointed Silver to assist us with our dual Principal Designer/Principal Contractor role at our project in North Street, Hornchurch. They provided a very professional, yet user friendly consultancy service and assisted us in the delivery of a safe, high quality scheme. We would have no hesitation in using them again.”

Image supplied courtesy of Bugler Developments

 

Bristol Harbourside Regeneration

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

Over the last decade, the major regeneration of Bristol’s Harbourside has transformed the city’s historic but neglected waterfront, creating a thriving hub where people want to live and businesses thrive. The regeneration has been led by house builders including Crest Nicholson who have been helping Bristol to achieve its housing targets since 2010.

Silver has worked with the project partnership of A2Dominion and Crest Nicholson to help them deliver their Build to Rent schemes on programme. This has included the phased handover of four developments – the Invicta, Canonsgate, Dean Court and Redcliffe, which together deliver approximately 280 new homes for private rent, including student accommodation.

Silver are appointed as Employer's Agent, with the scope extended to monitor quality, ensuring A2Dominion assets are built to their high quality standards and design specifications.

Park Lane and Heaps Mill, Liverpool

Client: Inhabit
Service: Project Management

The listed Heaps ‘Rice’ Mill, built in the 1850s, is one of the largest derelict buildings in the centre of Liverpool. Its redevelopment will deliver 797 Build to Rent units and includes the sensitive refurbishment of the old mill building with the addition of three new storeys, plus the construction of several new blocks clad in brick, aluminium and glass. Of the 797 proposed dwellings, 671 shall be new-build, with 126 dwellings contained in the mill

As project manager for the whole project from inception to completion, we have to date, successfully managed the pre-construction phase, obtaining the various planning approvals, providing procurement advice, and managing the tender process. In order to ensure the retention of  the mill’s historic features, we have worked closely with Liverpool City Council Heritage and planning departments, with the support of Historic England. 

Arlington Lofts, Camden, Old Building Repurposed

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management, Principal Designer

New build development, delivering 21 new apartments, incorporating two detailed brick façades.

Formerly an electrical substation, the historical building is a prime example of Camden’s rich architectural heritage.

Thames Enterprise Centre Office Conversion

Client: Melsom Holdings Limited
Services: Principal Designer

Redevelopment of the first floor within Building 13 on the Thames Industrial Estate. The project provides a large office space for a single tenant, together with office suites for smaller businesses. The works comprised the conversion of part of the first floor from an existing racked archive storage area into offices, while securing and retaining archival storage on the rest of the floorplate.

Dollar Bay, Canary Wharf

Client: Dollar Bay Developments Ltd
Service: Party Wall

Dollar Bay is a residential development overlooking Canary Wharf. Situated on the waterside of South Dock, the scheme incorporates a three-storey building and a 31-storey tower.

With 22 adjoining owners surrounding the site, Silver was appointed as the Building Owners Surveyor to agree the required Party Wall Awards.

Careful planning by the Silver team ensured that the development proceeded without delay and on programme, with the requirements of the Party Wall Act met. This has involved a coordinated and timely approach to the preparation of schedules of condition and agreement for each Award with the adjoining owners’ surveyors. Over and beyond the scope of the Act, the team also successfully agreed access onto neighbouring land in order to facilitate works.

St John's Church Grounds, BREEAM 2012 Award

Client: LHA-ASRA Group
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

This unique and complex, low carbon development provides 20 new, mixed tenure homes, a modern and flexible community centre and a net zero carbon vicarage. The buildings are arranged around a new street which draws in the existing Grade II Listed church.

Putting sustainability first

Sustainability was key throughout the whole St John’s Church scheme. The new vicarage became the first in the UK to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 and went on to receive a BREEAM 2012 Award for the ‘Highest Code for Sustainable Homes Score’. The new homes - 12, two-bedroom apartments and eight, four-bedroom family houses arranged in two blocks and two terraces – have all achieved Level 4. A range of renewable technologies were deployed across the development, including PV panels and rainwater harvesting systems.

Construction work was phased to allow the vicar to remain in residence throughout, moving into the new vicarage as soon as it was built, in order to free up the rest of the site.

 

Countess of Wessex House, Homes for Veterans

Client: Stoll
Services: Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator

Stoll provides housing and rehabilitative support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women offering the holistic support needed to integrate some of the most vulnerable veterans back into civilian life.

Countess of Wessex House, named after the charity’s patron, has 36 new homes, with communal facilities that include a training room and community hall. A de-centralised energy system comprises a CHP system with back-up gas boilers. The building is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped and tranquil Therapeutic Garden which includes sheds and a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Silver identified this ‘off-market’ site and worked closely with the client and the London Borough of Hounslow to achieve the necessary architect planning permission, then acted as Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator until the development was completed. 

The image supplied courtesy of Bugler Developments Ltd.

Wavy Gate, Oxford, Student Accommodation

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Quality Management and Party Wall.

This scheme, so named by local school children after its distinctive "wavy gate" entrance design is situated in the heart of Oxford. Comprises 190 fully furnished, ensuite student rooms, a central landscaped courtyard acting as a communal area for students to socialise.

Given budget constraints, initial cost estimates based on a reinforced concrete frame questioned the development’s viability. It was therefore decided to use a prefabricated timber frame system which could save time and cut costs by around 9%. Silver visited EBS Elk’s main manufacturing plant in Austria with our client’s Development Team to acquire a 360 degree understanding of the component structure, process and ultimate sustainability of the building. Construction of both three and four-storey buildings, which covered 60,000 sq.ft., took only 10 weeks to achieve complete water tightness and which included installation of bathroom pods. Overall the project build took ten months from formation of ground floor slab to occupation.

With over 30 adjoining residential properties, party wall matters had to be addressed at the earliest possible stage to avoid delays. Our experienced party wall surveyors acted proactively, extending our role to act as Building Owners Surveyor, undertaking and issuing the necessary Awards within a tight, three month timeframe.

Whole Property Appraisal

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Building Surveying

Our Building Surveying Team regularly undertakes surveys of properties deemed to be underperforming. They may have issues with the fabric or thermal efficiency, have been poorly maintained or lack survey information. Our reports can help the client decide whether to commit to long-term expenditure in the property or to dispose of it.

We provide information and advice on:

  • Stock condition.
  • Backlogs in maintenance and how to address them.
  • Energy efficiency upgrades that are sympathetic to the property and will improve the quality of life for the occupants. This might include assessing the impact of wall insulation on condensation and ventilation and suggesting measures to improve the building’s EPC position.
  • Planning future maintenance.
  • Housing health & safety ratings.
  • Decent Homes Standard.
  • Locality reviews.
  • Occupant assessment, including comfort.

 All information is provided and collated in a format that is easily uploaded to the client’s existing CAFM systems.

Rectory Chambers, Chelsea, Refurbishment

Client: Managing Agent

Service: Building Surveying

Our brief was for the refurbishment of exterior and common parts of this block of flats within a Victorian warehouse. We provided contract administration for all internal and external re-decorations, as well as advice and oversight of stone lintel repairs, roof condition appraisal and refurbishment.

Victorian Mansion, Listed Building Conversion

Client: Private
Service: Building Surveying

This high-end refurbishment project returned a Victorian mansion in London’s Bayswater to its original condition as a single, luxury dwelling. The building had previously been converted into four separate flats.

We have provided advice on the refurbishment of various parts of the listed building, specifically addressing issues of damp/rot and sympathetic energy performance upgrades. We have produced specification documents, tendered and managed the scheme on site with specific liaison with heritage consultants and the listed building officer.

12-13 Richmond Buildings, W1

Client: English Rose Estates
Service: Party Wall

Silver acted as the Building Owners Surveyor on behalf of English Rose Estates in relation to a renowned development in the heart of the West End of London, which included new basement levels, new superstructure levels and significant internal alterations.

Gaywood House, London SW1

Client: Global Land
Service: Party Wall 

Silver acted as Building Owners Surveyor on this prestigious development, a five-minute walk from the Palace of Westminster.  The works included the installation of an external lift shaft, with new foundations, and the construction of a new floor to the top of the existing building.

Mote Park, Maidstone

Client: Maidstone Borough Council
Service: Employer’s Agent

 

This project incorporates various improvement projects within the Grade II Listed park.

Improvements include:

  • A new adventure zone and car parking facilities to cater for the high number of users during holiday periods.
  • A new visitors centre to improve the whole park user experience.
  • New facilities for estate services who are to be relocated to minimise impact on the park user experience.

We are advising on procurement, contractor selection and managing the works packages through to completion.

Artist impression of Mote Park provided courtesy of Allen Scott Landscape Architecture.

Purchase and Repair Programmes

Clients: London Borough of Ealing/Notting Hill Housing
Services:
Building Surveying

Our Building Surveying Team assists public sector clients in supplementing their housing stock. They identify suitable properties, assess remedial strategies, implement works required and manage contractors.

Once our RICS-registered valuer has identified a property, we will produce a survey report on its condition, with specific attention to Decent Home Standards. The report will include a floor plan and an estimate of works required to meet an agreed letting standard. The calculation of costs is based on a rates schedule previously agreed with the client and their term contractor.  We will also commission asbestos and EPC surveys from our supply chain partners.

Jermyn Street, London SW1

Client: Embergreen Limited
Service: Party Wall

Silver acted as the Building Owners Surveyor, in relation to the demolition and reconstruction of an entire mid-terrace property in Jermyn Street, to form a new retail outlet at ground and basement levels, with six storeys of luxury apartments over.

The role required negotiation of multiple Party Wall Awards at demolition, substructure and superstructure phases, with numerous adjoining owners.

Gunmakers Wharf, Award-winning residential scheme

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management & Party Wall

This award-winning 121-home development, built next to Victoria Park and the Hertford Union Canal, has transformed a derelict paint factory to deliver residential homes and commercial units. Silver delivered an enhanced Employer’s Agent role which included support to our clients sales launch, project managing the delivery of the Sales Complex.

Within the short pre-contract programme, Silver led a design review, which challenged planning approved designs and applied layout, specification and material modifications, all with an objective of maximising sales and market rent revenues. This review was completed successfully avoiding a planning re-submission, and was aligned with robust bespoke contract provisions, negotiated with the selected contractor.

To achieve the programme requirements, Silver led a fast-track process in relation to various enabling works constrained by Olympic Games highway restrictions.  Silver achieved agreement to facilitate the construction of a new site entrance crossover and completion of service installations within highways, which prohibited any construction from April 2012 to completion of the Olympic Games.

Silver was also appointed to negotiate all adjoining owner licence requirements, and to act as Building Owners Surveyor in discharging their duties under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

 

 

100 Park Village East, Camden

Client: Notting Hill Housing
Services: Employer’s Agent and Party Wall 

This scheme comprised the redevelopment of a former education facility, to provide 41 high quality mixed tenure dwellings (22 for private sale), including part basement, incorporating an energy centre.

Silver placed great emphasis on delivering a scheme to provide all residents with homes constructed to the highest level of housing standards and quality.

Our scope included:

  • Project management of the planning application.
  • Design management of an optimisation process.
  • Cost planning aligned to the clients Business Land Appraisal.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.
  • Negotiation of crane oversail and scaffold licences with adjoining owners.
  • Agreement of multiple Party Wall Awards on behalf of the Building Owner for demolition and substructure works, and boundary treatments.

Some key features include:

  • Basement incorporating energy centre.
  • Biomass technologies.
  • Constrained site.
  • Buried services.

85 Canonbury Road, Islington

Client: Notting Hill Housing
Service: Employers Agent

This scheme comprised the redevelopment of a former garage and car-park, to provide 90 high quality homes, including 11 townhouses and 79 apartments.

85 Canonbury Road is a prominent triangular site, and the new buildings are arranged as perimeter blocks providing a continuous street frontage, with residents able to enjoy a beautifully landscaped private courtyard.

Our scope included:

  • Project management of the planning application.
  • Design management of an optimisation process.
  • Cost planning.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.
  • Direct third-party negotiations with Network Rail; London Underground; Transport for London; and London Borough of Islington, in relation to various site constraints.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.

Some key project features include:

  • London Underground tunnel beneath the site (Victoria Line).
  • Great Eastern Railway tunnel and access shaft beneath the site.
  • TfL negotiation in relation to existing red route.
  • Extensive S278 works.
  • Substantial basement.
  • Energy Centre incorporating gas CHP and communal boilers, serving a district heat network.
  • Acoustic restrictions in relation to adjacent Union Chapel.
  • Construction logistic constraints.

 

Brimsdown Avenue, Enfield

Client: Origin Housing Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Principal Designer and Party Wall

This is a high quality housing project comprising 21 self-contained units in one stylish brick and block three storey building.

Established on a former petrol station which had an adjoining vehicle repair garage, the site required comprehensive soil remediation, including removal of the buried fuel storage tanks.

Other associated risks included the close proximity of the site to the rail infrastructure, combined with the discovery of a complicated sub system of electricity running outside of the originally provided utility company service drawings. The scheme incorporates PV technology and enhanced security systems.

The Principal Contractor for this project is Bugler Developments Ltd. It is through their dedication, diligence and expertise that the project has overcome significant  obstacles without compromising quality of workmanship or site management.

Silver has provided additional health & safety support and advice to our client as unforeseen elements of risk emerged.

The development was also shortlisted for prestigious title of the APS Principal Contractor of the Year, which highlights the expertise of the build, the strength of the team and the commitment of the Client in delivery of a safe and healthy project.

Client: Hexa Homes Ltd.

Services: Construction Management

This development of 50, three and four-bedroom homes next to the 1930s BATA shoe factory, is Silver’s first construction management project, and we have led every aspect of design, procurement, and sales and marketing.

The scheme’s architect has been inspired by the older “Bata” houses nearby which are still occupied and the design complements the adjacent listed buildings.

The entire project is due for completion in Spring 2019 but the 11 homes in the first phase have been finished and were already under offer prior to the September launch weekend. Another 11 plots, to the rear of the first phase, are due for handover in December, with a further two phases to hand over by April next year.

 

Gurnell Leisure Centre, West Ealing W13

Client: Eco World London
Service: Principal Designer

The project involves the demolition of the existing Gurnell Leisure Centre then the construction of a new leisure centre including a 50m swimming pool, fun pool, gym, exercise studios, café and children’s play area. Two new residential buildings will also form part of the leisure centre building. The proposals include 612 new residential homes, five new residential buildings will house apartments in heights varying from 5-17, with commercial space.

Dorset Close Office to Residential Conversion

Client: Lodha

Services: Principal Designer, Employer’s Agent, Building Surveying and Quality Management and Site Inspections

This three-storey building plus basement structure was built in the 1980s and is located within the Dorset Close Conservation Area.

The development proposals comprised the change of use of the basement, ground and first floor of the building, from office to residential in order to provide nine new residential units. The existing three residential units at second floor were reconfigured.

The development therefore provides 12 new affordable homes comprising:

• Three one-bed units
• Seven two-bed units
• One three-bed units

Lodha appointed Silver at the post-tender stage prior to awarding the contract to the successful contractor. From this stage we provided multi-disciplinary services led by our Building Surveying team through to completion of the 12-month programme. The project was delivered under a JCT Design and Build 2016 Contract.

Climate and Decarbonisation School Surveys

Client: London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth

Services: Decarbonisation and Condition Surveys

Our building surveying team was engaged by the London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth to carry out climate and decarbonisation surveys of schools in the borough (142 schools) – we are also carrying out condition surveys of 28 schools in Wandsworth. This is part of the commitment outlined in the borough’s climate strategy towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and the audits undertaken by our team have identified areas where there are potential opportunities to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

The appointment incorporates detailed surveys covering works for the next five years and highlighting works that need to be carried out in the first year. Schools located in conservation areas as well as listed buildings are being surveyed and carefully considered for climate and decarbonisation works. School surveys are being carried out while the school is occupied during school hours.

The outcome of our surveys and reports will enable the client to prioritise and programme works over the coming years. As part of the decarbonisation works, we are considering feasibility options including the installation of solar PVs, air source heat pumps, plant upgrades, pipe insulation, boiler replacements, radiators and thermostatic radiator valve upgrades, window replacements or secondary glazing, insulation upgrades to internal and external walls, roof voids, ceilings and floors.

Decarbonisation Feasibility Surveys – Council Buildings

Client: London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth

Services: Climate and Decarbonisation Feasibility Surveys, Condition Surveys

Our building surveying team was engaged by the London Borough of Richmond and Wandsworth to carry out climate and decarbonisation feasibility surveys of various sites within their operational portfolio. This is part of the commitment outlined in the borough’s climate strategy towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and the audits undertaken by our team have identified areas where there is potential opportunity to reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint.

Our team surveyed a range of buildings that includes the town hall, libraries, sport and leisure centres, commercial offices, youth centres, galleries, outdoor pools, car parks, community centres, civic centre, park buildings, and cemetery buildings. Some of these buildings are Grade I/II Listed.

The outcome of these surveys and reports has enabled our client to prioritise and programme works to achieve a reduction in carbon footprint which in turn reduces costs. This includes the installation of solar PVs, air source heat pumps, plant upgrades, pipe insulation, boiler replacements, radiators and thermostatic radiator valve upgrades, window replacements or secondary glazing, insulated walls, ceilings, and floors.

Photography of Wandsworth Town Hall and Orleans House Gallery

Rennels Way S106 scheme in Hounslow

Client: L&Q Build London Partnerships

Services: Site Inspection

This is a S106 scheme located in Isleworth and will provide 16 affordable homes as part of the Build London Partnership.

Formed in 2018, the BLP is a unique collaboration between L&Q and the Greater London Authority (GLA) with a simple mission - to partner with smaller housing associations; combining social values and commercial expertise to build affordable homes for hard-to-reach communities. The BLP focus on small sites that are less than 50 homes and aim to deliver a pipeline of 600 homes (starts) by 2023 through this initiative.

Merton Regeneration, High Path Phase 1

Client:   Clarion Housing

Services: Quality Management

This is a complex mixed-use residential scheme comprising 134 units. We are working closely with the Clarion Merton Regeneration Team and developer, Hill.

Southmere Village, Thamesmead Regeneration

Client:  Peabody 

Services: Project Management, Employer's Agent, Cost Consultant and Client CDM Advisor

This complex regeneration project provides 863 homes, a library and community building for Peabody. The scheme provides extensive public realm, including a central public square overlooking Southmere Lake.

Initially, we were appointed as cost consultant for the masterplan for approximately 3,800 residential units, commercial and leisure space. We were then appointed as project manager and design manager to deliver four planning applications simultaneously; one detailed planning application for 525 dwellings and community building and three outline applications for 1,000 further units as part of the Thamesmead masterplan. 

Following successful delivery of the four planning applications, we acted as Employer’s Agent for the delivery of Phases 1A, 1B and the Library, and as Project Manager and Cost Consultant for Phase 2 to deliver a reserved matters application.

Southmere Village was awarded Highly Commended for Best Scheme in Planning (30+ homes) at the National Housing Awards 2019.

Ravensbury, Phase 1 and Phases 2-3, Merton Regeneration

Client: Clarion Housing Group

Services: Clerk of Work Services

Ravensbury is one of the three estates to be redeveloped as part of Merton Regeneration along with the Eastfields and High Path areas in Merton. Merton Regeneration will create 2,800 homes, replacing 1000 homes and building 1800 new ones.

Phase 1 of this development comprises 21 new build quality homes; the project handed over in September 2020 with minimal defects. Our Clerk of Works has worked closely with the employer’s agent during this phase due to the site’s close proximity of the River Wandle.

Phase 2-4 provides 105 new homes and following successful appointment we have allocated the same members of our site inspection team to ensure our knowledge is transferred and adds value to these phases of the development.

Our Team are also the appointed Clerk of Works for High Path Phase 1. We are therefore pleased to continue to work with Clarion's Merton Regeneration Team on the next phases of the development as well as having the opportunity to build upon client relationship and knowledge.