Restoration and conversion works form student accommodation at the Gillows building, Lancaster – Principal Designer appointment

RJD Associates (North West) Limited have been appointed as Principal Designer and Client CDM Advisor on a development project that involves converting a Grade II Listed Building into student accommodation. The scope of works includes:

  1. Removing ACMs from the building, followed by strip-out and heritage works.
  2. Demolishing 2no rear extensions that currently housing fire escape stairs.
  3. Forming 32no studios, 1no 3-bed and 2no 5-bed cluster flats, 4no 7-bed, 2no 8-bed and 1no 9-bed cluster flats, with new mezzanine floor accommodation formed above the existing ground, first and second floors.
  4. Forming ancillary facilities within the student accommodation including circulation space, office, common room, private dining area, cleaner’s store, laundry, cycle store, plant room and games/tv room.
  5. Forming a ground floor retail unit with a separate entrance off North Road.
  6. Forming plant rooms within the basement.
  7. Constructing 2no rear extensions to provide additional floor accommodation at ground floor, ground floor mezzanine, first floor and first floor mezzanine levels.
  8. Carrying out internal alterations including floor and roof strengthening works.
  9. Carrying out external alterations and landscaping works.
  10. Constructing foul and surface water drainage systems.

The site is located on North Road in Lancaster city centre and comprises the Gillows building and its associated infrastructure. The original building was constructed circa 1882 and was previously used as nightclubs and a furniture shop, with floor accommodation at basement, ground, first and second floor levels and a roof void over. Within the building the existing structure comprises timber floors supported on a central row of cast iron columns and load bearing external walls, and the existing roof structure comprises timber rafters, purlins and steel trusses spanning front to back. In addition to the main roof there are several pitched roofs over the wall projections on the front elevation, with valleys at their junctions with the main roof structure. All roof slopes are covered with slate along with single glazed roof lights below the main ridge level.

Key health and safety considerations on this project include managing the overlap and associated interfaces between the construction site and adjacent occupied areas, temporary works, demolition works, contact with live services, refurbishing the original Gillows building including working on the existing roof structure, preventing unauthorized access to the construction site and traffic management, particularly on the adjoining highways shared with the adjacent properties and the public. RJD Associates look forward to working alongside the project team to ensure a successful delivery of the scheme.