calfordseaden ticks all the boxes for award-winning London Royal Dock redevelopment

Multi-disciplinary consultancy, calfordseaden is delivering an extensive scope of works to Royal Albert Wharf redevelopment. As appointed M&E engineering consultant for the project, calfordseaden developed Notting Hill Genesis’s master plan application and provided feasibility and procurement guidance, as well as performance specifications for tender purposes.

Located in London Royal Docks, Royal Albert Wharf is the first phase of a major redevelopment of the Gallions Reach area. Designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the redevelopment will be built across two phases and will consist of approximately 90,000 square foot of commercial space and 818 residential units, including 257 affordable homes. Crucially, the project has already achieved a RICS® award for London, Residential Project of the Year.

calfordseaden was introduced to the project as M&E engineer consultants in 2011, at the feasibility stage, where the team provided a master plan application. This included detailed consent for phase one and an outline planning application for phase two.

With the Royal Docks Management Authority (RoDMA) pumping station located in the middle of the site, Environment Agency (EA) tidal flood gates to the west of the site and a Port of London Authority (PLA) radar mast at the north of the site, the calfordseaden team consulted with statutory authority UK Power Network (UKPN) to ensure all remained operational during the build.

calfordseaden also worked alongside Notting Hill Genesis in the initial stages of developing an energy centre that would generate a community heating system.

With work in two phases, calfordseaden developed a master plan that ensured all the utility and heat services were installed in the roads during phase one. This prevented the road being dug up again further down the line, disrupting residents that had already moved in.

Julian Rodriguez, Project Director at Notting Hill Genesis commented,

“The team at calfordseaden were extremely proactive in the initial design and specifications of the Energy Centre and wrote a detailed specification for the build contract that could effectively supply heating and hot water for the entire master plan and beyond. They were also integral during the tender process for the ESCo provider.”

“Once the energy centre was installed, calfordseaden identified the key requirements for a community heating system that would be fed from the energy centre. While they worked collaboratively with all members of the team, they weren’t afraid to challenge the building contractor, to ensure quality was always maintained.”

Craig Hattley, Partner at calfordseaden concluded:

“Throughout this project we worked hard to ensure the continued quality of each and every aspect. We have managed to do this by undertaking regular onsite quality inspections, ensuring installations meet required quality standards as well as witnessing and commissioning building services to ensure correct and efficient operation of the building plant.”

“Through meticulous planning and continued evaluation, the first phase of the domestic build complies with Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four and the enhanced energy requirements of the London Plan. The commercial space has achieved a Very Good rating from BREEAM.”

Phase one of the redevelopment has now been completed and phase two has successfully received its detailed planning consent with work now underway.

Royal Albert Wharf is due to be completed in 2020.

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