Lincolns Inn Fields and Kingway

KEY FACTS

LOCATION: Holborn, London
CONTRACTOR: Mulalley & Co. Ltd
CLIENT: Kingsway LIF Holdings Ltd
VALUE: £2.1m
SECTORS: Commercial, mixed use, residential and retail
SERVICES: Construction and Civil Engineering, Demolition and Civil Engineering

This project involved the conversion and refurbishment of a Grade II listed Victorian building from an office building to a club hotel. Our scope included the complete structural modification of the existing 10-storey and 3-level basement building, including the demolition and reconstruction of the top 3 storeys.

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The works included the following:

  • The installation of a new structural steelwork transfer at ground level to support columns and allow the construction of a new stair void into the basement.
  • The construction of a new structural steel frame within the internal lightwell to provide extra floor space and support a new internal glass facade from ground to roof level.
  • Strengthening works to the underside of the existing Level 7 slab with new structural steel beams connected into the existing steel frame. This allowed the demolition of the top 3 floor storeys and the construction of 4 new lower headroom levels above, supported by SHS columns with shear heads and a thin RC lightweight slab. This was completed while supporting the existing facades that faced onto Lincolns Inn Fields and Kingsway.
  • The modifications and reconstruction of the existing basement, including the construction of a new RC floor level at B-2 within the existing double height basement tied into existing columns and liner walls.
  • General builders work.
  • The structural alteration of the existing lift core to suit the new layout.
  • Reinforced concrete (RC) works.

These works were completed at a city centre location where site access was limited and on site storage was minimal. Noise and dust was carefully controlled to avoid disruption to neighbouring building occupants which included the LSE, Employment Tribunal and Law offices.