A conversion of a substantial Victorian property into apartments in North London. Croft worked closely with the client, a developer, to achieve the project and spaces they wanted to create. The overall footprint was enlarged by adding a basement and a rear extension which allowed for an entire apartment to be added to the property.
Croft provided the structural design details and drawings for this project, including the construction method statements. Croft are experienced in dealing with Party Wall matters and we led the closing of the technical queries from the neighbours, to obtain the Party Wall awards.
On projects it is advisable to undertake ground investigations. When one is creating new properties for sale, a more in-depth survey can be considered to assure mortgage providers that the site is on suitable ground. The GI (Ground Investigation) on this property was completed and nothing untoward was found. However, during construction, an area of soil soaked with mercury was discovered: some cottage industry in the past had been pouring mercury through the floor to dispose of it. Having the GI in place allowed the client to prove to the HSE that they had undertaken reasonable investigative measures before proceeding with work on site. With the HSE shutting the road and calling in the police to evacuate the neighbouring buildings, this evidence was vital.
Architect: Private Client