- February 19, 2024
London Arches – Towards the end of 2023 and continuing through 2024 we have been awarded several projects for the refurbishment and strip out of railway arches across London and the Southeast.
Many, but not all, of the arches have sadly fallen into disrepair over the years and they are now part of perhaps the biggest reuse and recycle commercial project across the UK under “Project 1000“. The aim of which is bring back into use 1000 arches by 2030 turning them into a flexible, mixed-use development suitable for shops, cafes, offices, and light industrial uses. Currently we are working on the “Relettings” framework and have completed a number of arch projects in vacant and recently vacated sites.
Our strip out/refurbishment works included:
- Site Setup
- Isolation of incoming services where required
- Strip out all waste and segregate for disposal
- Deep clean/degrease of all walls, floors and welfare areas
- Paint all flooring areas
- Redecorate all timber/brick surfaces
- Replace existing fluorescent lighting with LED battens
- Graffiti Removal
- Overhaul/service shutter doors and redecorate
- Carry out any structural repairs
- Carry out EICR test
- Final deep clean on completion of works
- Issue all commissioning certificates
Our teams are relishing the challenge of working in new environments, something which we excel at. The units we have stripped and partially refurbished are now ready for future letting and fitting out to clients’ specifications. We look forward to seeing the different types of business that take these arches on.
These type of works certainly align with our philosophy here at AW Construction on bringing older buildings back into use, something which we do day in day out for a wide range of clients across the commercial construction sector.
Studies conducted by Arch Co have shown that retrofitting old railway arches could produce 50% less carbon compared to building new industrial spaces, especially in congested areas that would otherwise not be possible for commercial development.