rpa:group were responsible for the architectural consultancy for this nine million Pound scheme. The site is situated to the north of Eden Park in Southampton and comprised a twelve story 1960’s office tower block. The scheme involved stripping the tower back to its structure and re- cladding and extending the podium up by one floor and out to the rear by three metres.
The project involved implementing a consented scheme for 156 bedrooms, comprising studio and duo apartments, while at the same time redesigning and achieving a new planning consent for a 173 bedroom scheme. Working with Longcross as the appointed contractor, rpa:group carried out the detailed design in packages, working closely with the supply chain. This enabled the scheme to commence on site two weeks after appointment with the aim of delivering the scheme within a year.
The main contractor went into administration three months before completion. The client stepped in and took on the role of the contractor working with the existing supply chain, to achieve completion on time. This is testament to an inclusive and collaborative approach, the scheme was launched in the autumn of 2015 as a flagship of the ESP brand.
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