Value: Circa £1,200,000.
CSL’s expertise in Structural Alterations and Groundworks help transform an existing college building into a dynamic new space, where art and science collide.
Construction Solutions Ltd have recently completed a specialist Structural and Groundworks package at Kings College London’s new Science Gallery. The project demonstrates CSL’s expertise in structural alterations and change of use schemes, helping to transform an existing building into something new and modern, with an entirely different function.
In Spring 2016, Main Contractor, Paragon Projects began the £12m development to transform the existing Boland House and Georgian Courtyard and create the Science Gallery. The busy, city centre development is located opposite The Shard, just moments away from London Bridge station.
The new Science Gallery will attract over 300,000 visitors each year and has been designed to provide a dynamic space which will connect art and science and bring together scientific researchers, students, local communities and artists in new ways.
CSL’s package of works included a highly technical solution to increase the capacity of the building. Work included new reinforced concreate foundations to allow access to the basement and create a new theatre space. CSL also undertook external ground works, including the installation of a new drainage system, whilst also working extensively within the existing building to undertake structural alterations, partitions and new block work. CSL managed the design and installation of all temporary works used to support and protect the existing structure as works progressed.
Alongside the works within the new Science Gallery, CSL also restored the external public Georgian Courtyard which was previously being used as a car park, to provide a beautiful space that can be enjoyed with refreshments from the café or be used to run events and activities.
The Kings College campus stayed fully operational throughout the project with high volumes of staff, visitors and traffic using the site as usual. CSL worked closely with the main contractor to sequence the works in the courtyard to ensure safe pedestrian access was maintained to the buildings on all sides.
Close collaboration with all contractors was essential to plan all phases and minimise disruption within the area. Coordination with the finishing trade contractors helped to keep certain access and egress points clear and allowed continued access to the adjacent buildings, including the St Thomas Street entrance.