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The Royal Arsenal

The Challenge

The Royal Arsenal in Woolwich, London is the site of former munitions factories that were extensively used during the 1st World War. It is now home to many Grade ll listed buildings which have been chosen for refurbishment and development by Berkeley Homes.

Barretts of Aspley (BoA) was selected to provide the Architectural Detailing and Structural Steelwork needed to transform this aging site into a modern housing facility. It was paramount that all work be completed within tight timescales, despite the very complicated specialisms required to refurbish the existing buildings.

The Solution

BoA partnered closely with the Architects and Planning Team to provide effective solutions and drawings for the transformation of the site. The right solution needed to be cost effective whilst ensuring a modern, high quality look which would work with the style and frailties of these famous listed landmarks. As only around a quarter of the development is newly built, many existing buildings required replacement of the entire existing infrastructure and the production of new-build elements, which complemented the original features.

One building required nine new levels of Structural Steelwork adding to the existing building work after demolishing four of its unusable floors. Health and Safety Inspectors and officials from the Listed Building Department closely monitored this highly skilled work. The limitations of the existing framework demanded that beams of over 2.5 tonnes and nine metres in length be manoeuvred within limited space to form the new superstructure. Up to 30 On-site Engineers have been required to oversee this project which has required over 2,000 tonnes of Structural Steelwork.

In addition to this structural input BoA have been responsible for the supply and installation of extensive Architectural elements across the entire development. These include Balconies, Stairways, Balustrades and extensive glazed sections designed to highlight the original features of the buildings. A variety of Powder Coated finishes and high quality Stainless Steel have ensured the best possible results throughout the site.

The redevelopment of The Royal Arsenal is proving to be a resounding success. BoA have made a significant contributions to the refurbishment and extension of a remarkable new property development, which is sure to provide pleasure for decades to come.

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