Straddling Chelsea Creek, the Chelsea Waterfront masterplan includes the refurbishment of the historic Lots Road Power Station and creation of several new-build blocks, including a striking 37-storey tower. Originally built in 1904 to power London’s underground transport system, the site is now embarking upon the next stage in its remarkable history.
Our scope included fitting-out the low-rise buildings, which were already completed to shell and core standard, and the turnkey delivery of the 37-storey Hammersmith & Fulham tower. Having taken possession of the site following the creation of a new basement, we were able to immediately commence the fit-out of units in the lower-rise blocks whilst concurrently jump-forming the tower core and frame.
Our pro-active partial occupation strategy for the site meant that we could hand-over residential units in the lower level blocks at the same time as we were installing the tower’s unitised cladding system.
Served by a tower crane that was extended to an ultimate height of 120m as the frame progressed, we fabricated the steel balconies in-house as well as carrying out the frame, fit-out and services installation directly.
Reaching a peak of 122.5m above ground level, the 37-storey Tower West is, both literally and figuratively, the highlight of the whole Chelsea Waterfront masterplan.
With construction of the piled foundations and perimeter retaining walls of the basement box already completed under a separate enabling works contract, we constructed the reinforced concrete slabs, columns and shear walls and core walls. Fabricated and installed the projecting balconies and the complex halo steelwork, a 3-storey sloping subframe at the top of the tower.
Comprising 20 individual modules with complex geometry, the halo forms the distinctive diamond shaped roof.
The tower is clad in over 11,500 sqm of unitised aluminium curtain walling, which hangs from the halo structure on the top storeys.
West Tower contains 76 apartments in total. At its lower levels, each floorplate typically accommodates three apartments, reducing to two apartments per floor above Level 10, and one apartment per floor above Level 30.
As the tower is served by a single stair core and two lifts, we had to retain an external passenger and goods hoist for most of the construction programme, preventing from sectionally completing the building from the bottom up.
To allow for the early occupation of the building, we worked closely with Hutchison and the building control surveyor to develop a partial occupation strategy that allowed partial floor plates to be handed over, with the hoist in place.
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens are a collection of three residential buildings – Claydon House, Chartwell House and Compton House.
The three blocks, which rise to eight-storeys, surround the West Tower and provide 103 private apartments sitting on the river’s edge.
We have sourced exclusive materials from around the world to create the contemporary, high-end interiors, which combine classic style with subtle simplicity and an exquisite material palette.
The bathrooms are finished in book matched marble and complementary honed stone tiles and a bespoke vanity wall, all fabricated and installed
Bespoke built-in wardrobes are fitted to all bedrooms. Wardrobes in master bedrooms have veneered drawers to match the internal doors.
Kitchens are fitted with bespoke designed modular cabinets with high gloss lacquered doors and oak veneer, with polished stone worktops and splashbacks and Gaggenau appliances. Cabinets and drawers have a discreet handleless design and are fitted with soft-close hinges and runners.
Comfort cooling is provided by a mechanical fan coil unit supplying cooled air to all principal rooms, with space heating provided through an underfloor heating system.
Each apartment is fitted with a Home Automation System incorporating a central touch screen with separate local scene setting controls to principal rooms.