Below are a small selection of some of our past projects . .
148 – 160 OLD STREET
This project entailed a complete refurbishment of an old 1970s Royal Mail building, previously a Bovril factory. Working for Wates Construction we installed all the groundworks, pump chambers and drainage, structural alternations, multiple fair face finished stair cases, a 9 flight high triple reinforced concrete lift shaft, the rc walls and floors, and external hard and soft landscaping in a package worth £4 million.
The building was transformed to a light filled, modern redevelopment with double height spaces overlooking private courtyards and terraces on every floor with 152,000 sq. ft. of office space and a new 4,800 sq. ft. main entrance with cafes, shops and tenant lounges. The project received an ‘excellent’ BREAMM rating and is on the RIBA 2020 regional awards shortlist.
196 OLD STREET, ClOISTERS
Cloisters is a small set of London offices currently being refurbished by Traditional Roofing. We were brought in to install the groundworks and hard landscaping and as the photos show, installed a new fountain surrounded by cobbled stones in a flower arrangement to give the offices a new and interesting view and focal point for the building.
APPLE STORE, REGENT STREET
FBS Construction worked for Wates Living Space to structurally transform the Apple Regent Street for approximately £2.5 million and with just 10 months on site. We supported five floors of live offices with a complex temporary works design while highly loaded columns were removed to open up the new retail space. Working with Foster + Partners and our trusted construction partners who regularly fabricate and install steelwork working alongside us, the project followed a new design concept initially revealed at sister stores in San Francisco and Brussels.
The new works involved significant structural changes to the primary building frame. These included recessing second floor beams to provide greater ceiling height, relocation of primary structural columns, installation of new transfer structures, removal of the existing mezzanine level and support to new stonework walls and staircases, all within the fully occupied commercial building.
To reduce downtime for the store we introduced a temporary retail facility in the basement space while allowing our more significant structural works to progress behind the scenes at the upper levels. This required the strategic sequencing, which had to adapt the continually changing construction envelope. The office floors above remained fully operational and undisturbed throughout the process and enabled us to complete the Project on time to a vastly accelerated programme.
QUEEN VICTORIA HOUSE, BRISTOL
Queen Victoria House was once a maternity hospital and then an office block before being transformed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects on behalf of Pegasus Life in to a 64 apartment luxury retirement home with a spa, restaurant, gym and social lounge, now called ‘The Vincent’.
FBS Construction carried out the refurbishment works within the QVH building and surrounding landscaping alongside Acre Landscapes including a new blossom pond. The Project was completed in June 2020 and at the time of writing is being nominated for various awards.
BRUNSWICK SHOPPING CENTRE
We installed all the new hard landscaping to both the Brunswick Shopping Centre and residential areas above the shops, which is located opposite Russell Square Station, this included over 12,000 sq. m of paving.
We worked alongside M&J Roofing who carried out the waterproofing work and upon completion the project won the 2018 great place award in the 2018 Urbanism Awards.
EASTBOURNE TERRACE REFURBISHMENTS
FBS Construction carried out refurbishment works including drainage, hard landscaping, structural alterations and reinforced concrete works to 10, 20 and 30 Eastbourne Terrace working for Wates Construction and Land Securities. We are delighted the largest of these buildings, number 20, won the Best London Refurbished / Recycled Workplace Award in the BCO 2017 awards to fit evolving wellness, economic, legislative and technological priorities whilst setting new standards for sustainability and for providing excellent views from all offices.
The photographs show FBS operatives concreting the new roof slab and the installation of the new glass façade which are supported by slab extensions on all levels.
KINGS CROSS REDEVELOPMENT
Working for BAM Construction on various projects within the Kings Cross area, we undertook groundworks, structural alterations, reinforced concrete and drainage packages within the ‘Fish and Coal buildings’, ‘Regent’s Quarter’ and the ‘German Gymnasium’ restaurant and built the new substation on site.
In addition we stripped out the high level timber sleepers and railway lines which supported trains in the Victorian era unloading coal through trapdoors for horse and cart deliveries, installed the ply to the new Thomas Heatherwick designed sweeping arches within the ‘Coal Drops Yard’ and carried out structural alternations, groundwork’s and hard landscaping on the project which won both London and national RIBA Awards in 2019.
The conservation and restoration of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Haywood Gallery was another award winning project in which FBS Construction played a major role, working for BAM Construction carrying out approximately 3 million pounds worth of structural alternations, concrete and builders work to help transform the building with improved lighting, ventilation, acoustics and a new and much improved modern look.
The Project won both regional and national RIBA awards in 2019