Demolition and refurbishment at Sutherland House

A new project in the air, here at EMD! If you had a look at our portfolio, lately, you likely noticed there is a new project named Sutherland House. Considering that it is the first new project since we opened our blog, we would like to spend a few words about it, as the works are far from over, but this is one of those projects that make us proud of ourselves.

First stage: link bridge demolition

The project, in fact, was divided in three stages. On a first stage, the two buildings that together make Sutherland House were separated, so they are now two independent buildings. In order to do so, we had to demolish the link bridge between the two buildings, but the true challenge was doing it with attention and no mess, as one of the two buildings is actually used for commercial purposes, so people working in the offices did not want to be disturbed by noises, dust, vibrations, and increased traffic. Therefore, we had to set a traffic management plan up and we made sure the demolition process, accomplished with top-down bursting, was dust-free and non-invasive. The great result was achieved also thanks to the managers and tenants, with whom we had good communication throughout the works in order to avoid any disruption. After the demolition, we worked on the external façade previously connected to the link bridge.

Second stage: main building soft strip

On the second stage we worked exclusively on the main building, starting with an R&D asbestos survey, which is a procedure that has to be done before any demolition or refurbishment work in order to remove those materials that may potentially be harmful for people’s health. From the survey a presence of CAT B asbestos containing materials emerged, and as a result, we removed them and disposed of them.

After that, we went on removing internal fixtures, services and fittings, and glazed units.

Both the link bridge demolition and the soft strip were accomplished in sixteen weeks, which is a very short time, considering the difficulties described above.

Third stage: building the new Sutherland House

After the demolition procedure, lasted four months, a new project, subsequent to the previous one, is beginning: the reason why we demolished one of the buildings of Sutherland House is that it is going to become a residential building. Of course, integrating the new flats with the rest of the building will not be a piece of cake, but we are confident we can handle the situation with a good planning.

Together with our client, we analysed the available space to decide how many new flats we could build. After this phase, the project started to take shape, and the layout came out: Sutherland House is going to be a residential building with 136 flats: 25 studio flats, 14 one bedroom flats, and 97 two bedrooms flats.

On top of that, a lot of improvements are underway: the former storage area will become a mezzanine level, there will be a new lift, and new internal and external stairways. Also, we will provide the new flats with an effective and modern drainage system.

On the outside, the parking lot, the windows, and the façade will be re-designed.

At the moment, we requested and got all the necessary authorisations to proceed, and our architect, Leticia, took care of the design phase.

We are now ready!

The works for a new Sutherland House just started and will end on January 2019. We wanted to tell the story about this client because we think it is the perfect example of the approach we use at EMD when dealing with an important job where planning and problem-solving abilities are critical for its accomplishment.