One of the most valuable assets for a construction company working on residential property in West London is its cumulative experience in anticipating and managing around the myriad complications of building while London life goes on around.
This project involved only a very small mews house, but had specified (and obtained permission for) the addition of a further storey on top, as well as a deep basement beneath. In order to achieve this, we demolished the entire building, excavated the hole for the basement and then rebuilt the house with four levels instead of its original two.
Construction of this kind, on a modest scale property, is not inherently complex. As is so often the case in London, however, precise and professional construction management is demanded by circumstance. This property was neighboured by three embassies (one belonging to a nation whose amenability, at the time, was less than easy to predict), plus a building comprised of 12 individually owned flats. Managing communications and expectations in such a situation in itself constitutes a significant part of the construction task.
In the end, a wholly successful project and one of the first on which we took on, and overcame, the then relatively new process of constructing basements beneath London properties.