27 October 2020
Collins has just celebrated a significant milestone on its scheme at 16 Eastcheap, where we are completing a refurbishment and extension to the existing space for our client 7RE London Ltd and Tellon Capital. Our aim is to revitalise the historic building and deliver circa 36,000ft2 of high-end office, retail and leisure accommodation, adding to the vibrancy of this part of the City.
All structural works have now been completed and the scheme is ready for the final stages of the refurbishment. Earlier in September, the team celebrated with speeches and applause on the newly formed roof terrace.
The ambitious project will deliver an enhanced street presence, remodelled reception area and premium workspace throughout. The Collins team have removed the existing roof and created a new sixth floor and roof terrace to provide exceptional views of the City skyline and River Thames.
We have used almost 62 tonnes of steel and 50 cubes of concrete to create the new floor and roof terrace, as well as a warm roof build up and zinc shingle for the roof extension. Due to its rigidness, the zinc shingle required a specialist contractor to help install and achieve the desired seamless joints around the building.
Collins needed to work round an operational hospitality venue in the lower basement of the site. All services had to be kept live throughout construction, which meant installing a temporary extract fan up the side of the building to the roof.
The building is positioned within the Eastcheap Conservation Area and so Collins has remodelled much of the façade to keep in character with the surrounding buildings and features. The stone façade has been adapted and curtain walling windows installed to improve the ground floor for retail use and to better engage with the street. The ground floor has been also been remodelled to create an impressive, enlarged reception area.
The lower ground floors have been reconfigured to form amenity space for the offices, providing bicycle storage and high quality changing and shower facilities. This has been achieved by subdividing the floor spaces into the landlord’s plant space and areas to for the shower, cycle and changing room amenities, inclusive of new services.
Completion is planned for Q1 2021.