Bringing Atrium Point to Life

The Brief

PBC were appointed by Investec Bank Plc to appraise and monitor this development which they are funding.

Kellogg Tower, formally a 1970s multi storey office HQ, is undergoing a conversion and refurbishment to provide 270 contemporary residential apartments, with a mixture of studios, 1 bed and 2 bed flats. The building extends to 185,000 sq.ft net area, set in 8 acres of land with mature woodland and 400 car parking spaces. It is in a prime location for excellent transport links to London on the Piccadilly line, with Sudbury Station close by. The first phase of this £26million landmark development is currently under construction and due for completion later this year.

Project Challenges and Solutions

The building is arranged in four wings around a central glazed atrium and the project involves the careful removal of an enclosed atrium to create a communal courtyard, with public realm space. In order to achieve this, extensive structural scaffolding was required to support the atrium and open up the centre of the property.

Due to the stringent requirements of Premier Guarantee, the building defects warranty provider, careful management and coordination was needed to implement their requested changes during construction, including re-glazing rather than repairing the external windows and glazed screens. New balconies were also introduced to all 270 apartments.

New utilities are required with the removal of the existing electrical substation and switch room. This work is currently on programme, with the installation of new supplies in a different location to follow.

The contractor, Shaylor Group Plc employ over 200 staff on this project. With only one means of access in and out of the site, this has been a demanding aspect for site management!