This property was an old council house and had been converted into three flats back in the 70s. Camden Council had neglected the property for some time and as part of their policy of regenerating their property stock, they sold the property off to a developer. We were asked to price for the complete modernisation of the property a new basement and a loft conversion.
The work went out to tender and we won the contract, so work stripping out the property started almost immediately. A time scale was set for approximately 9 months, however no fixed contract time could be given at this point, as we were still awaiting Planning and Building Control.
Hampstead Party Wall Surveyors were engaged to carry out the party wall agreements, and no work could start until both adjoining owners had agreed. When all agreements, planning and building regulations were in place, work really started in earnest. We were able to underpin the basement and start work on the loft at the same time, which enabled the two largest parts of the project to go ahead together. We implemented the Project Management which dealt with all aspects of the project and its coordination, and engaged specialist contractors to undertake certain items such as the waterproofing to the basement, electrical work and plumbing, all of which needs certification upon satisfactory completion.
The work took 9 months to complete and I understand the property was sold within 15 days of going on the market. If you view the photos and the videos taken, note how much light there is in the basement. The front and back light wells work out particularly well on this new basement allowing light to flood through the property. Another lovely detail is the use of the loft space with the walk through bathroom and dressing room.