Blog: Be inspired! Building Project of the Year (Sponsored by Westfield)

14 February 2018

Winner: Mercers Walk – Covent Garden

In March 2015, Osborne started work on five sites in one area of Covent Garden; three new five storey residential buildings (24 apartments), a single storey retail building (glass pavilion) and a refurbished existing building dedicated to retail use (13-14 Langley Street).

It was to be a very challenging project; difficult city site, restricted access, complex build problems and neighbours who had to be separated from the building works and then reintegrated into the finished building. It was also on a small footprint with minimal storage and surrounded by live buildings and access was only possible from one area and this was in close proximity to multiple neighbouring shops.

Deliveries had to be “just in time” and restricted to vehicles with a maximum of eight wheels. Within the planning constraints there was also a two hour on/two hour off restriction on noise. Existing services drawings did not exist on the neighbours’ properties so detailed surveys were organised and Osborne took on board a design and build responsibility to maintain, adapt, reinstate and reintegrate all the phased works. To top it all, Osborne took on a £1.5m variation during the construction works.

Constructing Excellence Awards judges commented, “Osborne delivered a remarkably complex project with outstanding outcomes despite its challenging location and associated restrictions. An honest approach by a ‘proper family building company’ resulted in a sustainable relationship with the client’s team – The Master of Mercers was so impressed that a further six jobs have been negotiated with Osborne”.

The Project of the Year category is sponsored by Westfield – headline sponsors of the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2018.

Westfield Corporation is one of the world’s leading shopping centre companies with iconic retail destinations in London, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles among its portfolio of 35 centres. Last year approximately 400 million customer visits to Westfield Corporation shopping centres generated $16 billion in retail sales.

In the UK, Westfield owns and operates Europe’s two largest shopping centres, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City and has a strong development pipeline including the expansion of Westfield London and new developments in Croydon and Milan.

Managing every aspect of its portfolio – from design, construction and development to leasing, management and marketing – Westfield, ensure that its centres constantly meet the highest expectations of today’s retailers and consumers.

The awards are open for entries until the closing date of the 5th of March 2018. It is free and easy to enter the awards – just register here and download the forms!

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