Special works division

OLD SPITALFIELDS MARKET

Special Works division

Our Special Works division delivers a range of construction services to clients who require outstanding customer focus on smaller value projects.

The dedicated team delivers new-build, refurbishment and fit-out projects ranging in value from £10k to £3M, although we also take on selected projects with higher values.

We operate in the commercial, residential, retail, education and hospitality sectors with many of our projects carried out in occupied buildings which require sensitive, intelligent solutions to ensure business continuity is maintained.

Special Works division

Our Special Works division delivers a range of construction services to clients who require outstanding customer focus on smaller value projects.

The dedicated team delivers new-build, refurbishment and fit-out projects ranging in value from £10k to £3M, although we also take on selected projects with higher values.

We operate in the commercial, residential, retail, education and hospitality sectors with many of our projects carried out in occupied buildings which require sensitive, intelligent solutions to ensure business continuity is maintained.

The team

The Special Works team is led by Kevin Day and Grahame Roberts, supported by Grenville Smith and Nick Newbould, who take an active role in ensuring that we deliver all of our projects to extremely high standards.

We have worked with some of the leading clients in our industry and, through successful project delivery, have built strong relationships with Addington Capital, AVIVA Investors, Capital & Counties, Chanel, JP Morgan, Legal and General, and many others. These repeat-working relationships have been established through a culture of collaboration and a sense of pride in the quality of the finished product.

Recent projects
Old Spitalfields Market

SECTOR
Retail

CLIENT
Tribeca Holdings Ltd

OVERVIEW
The creation of a new retail space within the Grade II listed Old Spitalfields Market, a high-profile heritage asset which lies within the Brick Lane Conservation Area.

The project comprised the construction of bespoke glazed extensions within the market square. The scope included the removal of existing floor finishes, the installation of new below-ground services, steel-framed glazed curtain wall structures, aluminium standing seam roofing, and external finishes comprising new granite and resin-bonded paving.

Due to the market’s high daily footfall, the scheme was particularly logistically challenging, and a considerate approach to project delivery was required.

Princess Square Shopping Centre

SECTOR
Retail

CLIENT
Schroders

OVERVIEW
This project, which is a continuation of our involvement in the Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration, provided shell-and-core space for the shopping mall’s retail tenants and an upgrade to the common areas.

The scope comprised the strip out of a number of retail units including their shopfronts and façades, the installation of escalators and balcony balustrades, refurbishment of toilet facilities and lift lobbies across all levels, and new tiled floor finishes throughout. A bespoke architectural ceiling and lantern lighting scheme with numerous special effects was installed, giving the mall a vibrant modern look. The project was completed whilst the mall remained live, creating a number of logistically-challenging interfaces with the public which our team managed successfully.

Chiltern Firehouse

SECTOR
Leisure and Hospitality

CLIENT
Chiltern Firehouse

OVERVIEW
This was Knight Harwood’s second project within this iconic Grade II listed hotel and restaurant, formerly Marylebone Fire Station.

The scheme required the installation of a cast iron-framed glazed canopy and walkway from the street to the hotel’s entrance through the secluded courtyard. Taking inspiration from Sir Joseph Paxton’s conservatory designs, the columns and ironwork were crafted by traditional blacksmiths to create a stunning new feature for this historic building.

The project was undertaken whilst the hotel was in full operation, therefore it was essential that our works were carried out discreetly to ensure that guests and diners were not inconvenienced.

The Bull Bracknell

SECTOR
Leisure and Hospitality

CLIENT
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership

OVERVIEW
The extension and refurbishment of the Grade II listed public house, The Bull, to create a focal point for the Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration’s leisure area.

The project comprised significant structural refurbishment and conservation of original 14th-Century oak frame through skilled intervention using well-weathered mature oak replacements where required. The interior of the building was stripped back to shell ready for fit out by the new tenant.

A zinc-clad extension was constructed using European larch glulam beams supported by structural steel and timber. The side elevation boasts a large glazed curtain wall designed to maximise light and create a bright and open environment.

Bracknell Town Centre

SECTOR
Development work

CLIENT
Bracknell Regeneration Partnership

OVERVIEW
This, our fourth project for the Bracknell Town Centre Regeneration scheme, included the management and coordination of the developers’ works within the Lexicon Shopping Centre to enable tenant occupation and fit out before the official centre launch.

Our team introduced escalator pits and a new lift through the existing structural slabs, modified below-ground services, altered the structural steel and installed twelve new shopfronts. Knight Harwood also managed the overall logistics of the site, with all tenant deliveries being coordinated to ensure that they could occupy their individual units and complete their works in time for the launch.

Charter Place, Watford, Hertfordshire

SECTOR
Development work

CLIENT
Intu Properties

OVERVIEW
The third of our shopping centre refurbishment projects for Intu Properties, this scheme involved altering an existing retail unit to enable the subsequent fit out by the incoming tenant, Uniqlo.

The scope included the formation of openings in the floor structure to facilitate the construction of new lift and escalator pit, lift shaft and staircase. We also installed a lightweight steel mezzanine floor and large frameless glazed shopfronts.

As the works were carried out in a live shopping centre, careful and safe management of materials, personnel and plant was essential to the successful delivery of the project.

Clarges, Mayfair

SECTOR
Leisure and Hospitality

CLIENT
British Land

OVERVIEW
This super prime residential development situated in the heart of Mayfair required a few finishing touches to add to the scheme’s luxury feel.

Knight Harwood were appointed to work with interior designer, Martin Kemp Design, to carry out a number of small projects throughout the development. The first project provided specialist lighting and feature wall panels to the spa.

Our close-out team completed a schedule of works to uplift the overall quality of the development, including reviving the French polishing to the joinery and timber flooring, redecoration, minor electrical modifications and providing additional lighting features.

1 Hyde Park Street, London

SECTOR
Residential

CLIENT
One Hyde Park Street Freehold Ltd

OVERVIEW
This project provided the much-needed refurbishment of the external fabric and internal common areas of this Grade II listed, end-of-terrace town house.

The scope included the replacement of the existing roof finishes and a large skylight above the lift and staircase; installation of new rooflights to the apartments; repair and redecoration of the external elevations and windows; and replacement of the roof-level water tanks with a new pressurised water main.

Internally, the existing communal areas were refurbished and redecorated, and the lift shaft remodelled with a glass structure to enclose a new feature lift providing natural light and a sense of spaciousness.

27 Farm Street, Mayfair

SECTOR
Commercial

CLIENT
Private Investment Company

OVERVIEW
Tucked away within a conservation area and gated courtyard in Mayfair, this alteration and refurbishment scheme created a new headquarters for a property investment and management company over two floors. The project included full Cat B fit out.

The scope included a new full-height atrium with a feature staircase, vaulted ceilings, reception area, complete MEP installations, meeting rooms, end-of-trip cycle storage and washrooms. Other works included the installation of rooflights, glazed floorlights, external windows and doors; the upgrade of external terrace areas; and the incorporation of high-specification finishes throughout.

29 and 33 Maiden Lane and 15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden

SECTOR
Commercial

CLIENT
Capital & Counties

OVERVIEW
This exciting project, the 13th for one of our long-standing clients, was located in Covent Garden, a logistically-challenging West End location.

The scheme involved the refurbishment of the ground and basement levels of a four-storey building to create improved internal configuration for this mixed-use retail and hospitality space.

The scope included the return of two floors back to shell and core with a white-box finish. Works comprised the removal and reconstruction of the existing ground floor, removal of spine walls, structural alterations, tanking to the basement, re-roofing, rooflight installation, renovation of the façades and the provision of new incoming utilities. The upper storeys of the building remained occupied for the duration of the project.