Central House redevelopment in Aldgate.

Central House redevelopment in Aldgate.

Central House on Whitechapel High Street.

Central House on Whitechapel High Street.

10. November 2013

Central House

59-63 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7PF
Autumn 2022

Description of Central House

Central House was home to London Metropolitan University's Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design (the CASS) in Whitechapel, London E1.

Set over a floor area of 22,579 m2, the refurbishment will upgrade the 6-storey concrete frame building, as well as adding a further six-storey steel-structured extension above.

The 1960s facade of the former home of the Cass School of Art and Architecture for London Metropolitan University will be retained.

Burnley Wilson Fish is acting as quantity surveyor and contract administrator. Structural engineer is Robert Bird Group and services engineering is via Sweco UK Ltd. BAM’s own Services Engineering team are installing the services.

The building is just a few minutes walk from Aldgate East and Aldgate underground Stations.

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The nearest tube, train and bus stations.
Aldgate East Underground Station
District, Hammersmith-city
Aldgate East Station - 1 min. walking / 40 metres
115, 135, 15, N15, N550, 205, 25, 254, N205, N25, N253, 242

News: (1)

BAM Construction is progressing well with the second phase of the redevelopment and extension of Central House.

The £78 million scheme designed by AHMM for Frasers Property has proven to be highly complex and the original plans for the building have changed significantly as a result of the complexities and challenges the team has uncovered.

Rob Biddle, BAM’s Construction Manager, commented: ‘There were very significant structural risks associated with the scheme and it took all the parties to engage in detail to review how best to resolve these. BAM has conducted over 50 additional intrusive surveys to get to know the building fabric as well as possible. The solution was more radical than originally envisaged but the client and design teams have been very collaborative and Frasers Property has been patient and excellent to work with despite these immense challenges. Our working relationships have been tested and have stood up extremely well.’

The BAM team has commenced piling recently and has been trialling and deploying a raft of leading-edge digital techniques to conduct surveys and create virtual tours for the client team as the building progresses.

At ground level, a generous reception space will connect the building to the surrounding area with a café for building users.

The scheme is targeting Well Gold in addition to a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Rod Stiles, Director of BAM Construction in London, commented: ‘One thing essential to everybody’s success building in London, with its historic and compact structures, is a strong professional working relationship. I’m pleased this has been demonstrated by all parties here in creating a stunning new building behind a retained facade. BAM’s collegiate and collaborative approach allows us to solve problems, innovate and add value as well as make exceptional buildings. That is our DNA and I’m looking forward to seeing it produce yet another outstanding contribution to London’s skyline.’

26/01/2021 12:42 by Buildington

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