Work programme and delivery
The Elkins team began work on this major refurbishment project at The Gatehouse, for Southwark Council in February 2022. Situated between Rotherhithe and Bermondsey, the residential building requires extensive repairs and renewal across the whole block.
The project presents a big challenge, as some of the biggest structural work required is to the three ground floor flats, which need to be completely demolished, replaced and re-fitted. Plenty of preparation work has been required to allow us to expose the foundations of the building to basement level. Existing pile works have been retained and additional piling installed 6m into the ground from the basement level. Additionally, steelwork has been installed to support the building during the excavation.
The external façade of the building has taken a bit of a battering over the years, particularly at ground level, and requires extensive repairs to the concrete and brickwork, which will also be chemically cleaned and repainted, across the whole block. The ground floor façade will be completely removed, rebuilt and rendered during the demolition of the flats.
Turning to the inside, all windows are set to be replaced, as well as all the doors in communal areas. Additional firestopping measures are also being put in place to make the building safer. Every individual property in the block will be re-wired and will have a new kitchen and bathroom installed.
Work on the project is ongoing and is set to be completed in 2023.