Ropery Street, London E3


Assist our client to acquire derelict homes from the local authority and refurbish them to budget.

Our client approached us to carry out a viability study of the acquisition of a number of residential street properties. The local authority vendor was seeking a challenging receipt for the transfer. We not only undertook surveys and cost estimates but produced plans indicating de-conversions and internal re-modelling. A 30 year life standard was required together with BREEAM accreditation.

Once acquired funding timescales required that we contracted promptly via a design and build route. We mitigated risk pricing by our detailed surveys and employer’s requirements. Properties were divided into small packages to enable smaller contractors to work simultaneously and achieve our client’s practical completion deadlines for receipt of grant.

Many of the units were in a very poor state of repair. Our CDM-C was required to assess the buildings from the outset for the safety of our surveyors and others inspecting the buildings.

This approach to street property refurbishment was innovative in that we saved significant pre-contract delivery time. All units were delivered on time and on budget.

Quick Facts

Client - Network Housing Group

Value - £1.2 million

Description - Street property refurbishment

Roles and Responsibilities - Architect, CDM-C, contract administrators, employer’s agent and party wall matters


Kieran Vincent
BSc (Hons)