Warriner Gardens

Project outline

Murphy was contracted by MARSA Holdings to build nine high-end four bedroom townhouses on a portion of the site of the Old Imperial Laundry in Battersea, London. This is phase one of a larger scheme, with phase two yet to be awarded.

Located within a predominantly residential area, the terrace sits in a former industrial setting. The aim was to create a modern version of the Victorian terrace, with clean lines, vertical emphasis and a solid, secure and sustainable construction. The project includes all internal work too, such as kitchens, bathrooms, carpentry, plastering and all electrical installations.

The contract started in January 2017 with the demolition of part of the Old Imperial Laundry. A show-home will be completed by August 2018, and the other eight homes will be completed a month later.

Key challenges

With the site in a densely populated residential area and the footprint of the construction covering 100% of the site, logistics became a key challenge.

The site is on a one way residential street where parking is maintained on one side. The restrictions enforced mean that articulated lorry deliveries are not possible.

Meanwhile, impact on neighbours was another complication. Not only is noise an issue, but potential structural impact on adjacent buildings required consideration. The necessary excavation, piling and installation of deep drainage tanks was therefore challenging.

Finally, with logistics a consistent problem, installing utilities and overcoming engineering challenges quickly and straightforwardly became of paramount importance.

Project delivery and innovations

Our experience of managing complex, densely populated urban sites has been essential in making this project a success.

To overcome the traffic issue, we implemented CLOCS and FORS management systems – processes we are renowned for having acquired a FORS Gold accreditation. Meanwhile, to manage the issue of noise, we carried out an initial assessment and met with the local Neighbourhood Watch authority to ensure any concerns were addressed. Acoustic barriers have also been an effective means of keeping disruption to a minimum.

As for structural issues, we’ve committed to a process of detailed checks twice a day to ensure any damage is avoided. And on this issue, our ‘One Murphy’ approach – which refers to our ability to self-deliver all aspects of the construction project – was vital.

For example, from design approval our piling team were on site within three weeks; an independent subcontractor would have taken at least eight. And because we are licensed to implement utilities independently, we were able to save time and money.

Additionally, having our own plant and in-house engineers was instrumental in keeping the site as organised and controlled as possible – and therefore in keeping the project on time and on budget.

Key facts

  • Nine houses of 278m2 area each, constructed over five floors
  • Zinc roofing, high performance triple-glazed windows & doors, and cast in situ flooring
  • Artwork on building to reflect original architecture once complete
  • The development is committed to exceed Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4
  • Apprentice engineer and a graduate assistant site manager working on this project
Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Warriner Gardens

Client

MARSA Holdings Ltd

Location

Battersea Park, London

Completion Date

September 2018

Value

£9.1M

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