Case Study - Bowmer & Kirkland - Charter Place

Charter Place involved the conversion of an existing office block and central atrium to provide 244,000ft2 of high specification, design-led workspace.


Location: Uxbridge

Sector: Offices

Project Value: £2.4m

Duration: 80 weeks


Charter Place involved the conversion of an existing office block and central atrium to provide 244,000ft2 of high specification, design-led workspace. The footprint, along with ceiling heights of up to four metres, one-acre floor plates and a voluminous central atrium, make it the largest office development in Uxbridge.

Works undertaken included:

  • Enabling works including piled crane bases
  • Externals including high specification granite
  • Tower crane bases which were restricted in height
  • Pilecap strengthen in basement, working with restricted head room
  • Floor slabs from ground floor through to fifth floor roof level
  • Pile caps for the extension of the building
  • Vacuum excavation to existing live substation and off site drainage

The height in the basement was restricted to 2.1m so all excavation and spoil removal had to be carried out by micro diggers, 1 tonne dumpers and a 3m forklift, machines much smaller than we would normally be use.

With a single entry and exit point and limited storage space, all materials have to be carefully transported through roller shutter doors in and out of the basement.

We were only able to pour concrete from one point on site - through a loading bay - so we had to keep moving pipes whilst the floors were being poured.

We had an excellent relationship with the Bowmer & Kirkland team having worked with them previously on the Centre Parcs project.

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