24 September 2018
Construction Product: Refurbished Grade II Listed Town Hall
Project contract value: £45m
Type of client: Local Authority
The Judges say... "This project gained exceptional client feedback. The team established expectations early in the project and managed them through collaboration and a commitment to mobilise heritage skills and training"
The refurbishment of Lambeth Town Hall has allowed the original volume and interior of this historic building to shine through once again, restoring it as a public landmark. The scheme involved consolidating Lambeth Council buildings from 14 to 2, saving £4.5m per year on running costs.
An extensive consultation was undertaken prior to works, with design proposals presented at events aimed at individual stakeholder groups, enabling the team to address any concerns with each group and obtain effective feedback. Workshops at proposal stage were also held with the Conservation Officer and Historic England engaged early in the refurbishment.
Ensuring they adopted a collaborative approach, review meetings were held with the site team and by clearly defining the scope of works it allowed the supply chain greater certainty of what work they are being asked to do and the phasing of such interfaces with other trades. Meetings were help with the supply chain to fully understand any concerns or queries and to allow everyone the opportunity to discuss the project in detail. Working in this collaborative way, built trust and confidence in both the scope of works and the teams delivering the works.
Morgan Sindall worked successfully to improve public accessibility for the community, visitors and staff by providing a new access from a brand-new court yard. Further improvements including the complete remodelling of existing spaces on the basement and second floors, resulting in the reinstatement of the atrium have blended the historic and modern aspects of the development.
“In this category, we look for high standards achieved in the repair, reuse and revitalisation of historic buildings, sites and places” explains Sarah Collins, Head of R & D, Rift Group; head judge and sponsor of the Preservation & Rejuvenation Award. “This project gained exceptional client feedback. The team established expectations early in the project and managed them through collaboration and a commitment to mobilise heritage skills and training.”
Morgan Sindall will now go onto the final Constructing Excellence National Awards, held on the 16th of November, competing with category winners from other regions around the UK - we wish them and all our other winners in London and the South East the best of luck!
We will be launching the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2019 shortly after the nationals on the 19th of November for works carried out this year! You can register your interest here.