Kodak House, 65 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6TD

Key Design Ambitions

65 Kingsway is a grade II listed Art Deco office building, located in the heart of London that was originally built in 1911. The existing building spread over seven floors and was formerly the headquarters for Kodak and was also London’s first purpose-built open plan office block.

The scope of construction work included creating a new entrance off Keeley Street to provide access from Covent Garden and works to a new communal roof terrace on the 8th floor, comprising CLT panels.

Other improvements included enhancing the buildings EPC rating, advancing disabled access throughout the building, and overseeing the addition of cycle and shower facilities in the basement. Works also included the restoration of the Kingsway reception entrance and its internal finishes, in addition to new Crittal effect windows which mirror the original windows which are sympathetic to the building’s listed status, and the installation of WC and lift cores. The building was designed to achieve Well Gold, Wired score Platinum and BREEAM Excellent and adopts many smart technologies and enhanced air handling appropriate for a post-Covid world.

DESIGN RISK MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES TO MITIGATE / COMMUNICATE & MANAGE:

Construction site set up and logistics planning and management were a big design hazard to mitigate on this project due to the close proximity of a number of other sites on Keeley Street.

Due to the creation of new lift shafts and an additional floor, the maintenance of structural integrity was also of paramount importance to manage, maintain and ensure it was not compromised – as also shown in the images below.

Temporary Works design and management was a significant challenge to mitigate. Working with the Principal Contractor, Structural Engineer, wider Temporary Works Designers and the Architect, the design and construction team were able to design temporary works solutions that enabled all other construction works to be carried out safely where interfaces with the temporary works were mitigated at all times.

Client
Keeley Limited c/o Clearbell Capital
Dates
2021 - 2023
Value
£17M

Project Team

Property Fund
Clearbell Capital
Principal Designer
Barr Gazetas
Architect
Barr Gazetas
Mechanical Engineer
Watkins Payne Partnership
Electrical Engineer
Watkins Payne Partnership
Civil Engineer
Hayne Tillet Steel
Structural Engineer
Hayne Tillet Steel
Fire Engineer
Tenos Ltd
Sustainability Consultant
Cundall
Planning Consultant
Savills
Ecology Consultant
N/A
Heritage Consultant
Bidwells
Project Manager
Clearbell Capital
Cost Consultant
Doig & Smith
Approved Inspector
MLM Building Control Ltd
Principal Contractor
Gilbert Ash