We are currently building out this three 2-bed flat air rights scheme for our client Click Properties on an existing residential block in Southwark.
The proposal removes the existing trussed roof, creating a new steel-framed platform upon which pre-fabricated steel pods have been lifted into place with the help of a large crane. This method of off-site construction reduces the time on site and disruption to the neighbouring school and residents in the building itself.
It is an excellent example of utilising an underused area of an existing block of flats – of which there are many in London. The process revolves around buying the freeholder’s air rights above the top floor of the building.
Once the new pre-fabricated steel pods have been installed, the services connections are made before the contractors complete a full fit-out. The new storey will be entirely clad in profiled aluminium cladding, set back from the block’s facade; this gives the appearance of a converted roof.
The pods also come with the glazing pre-installed into the external facade to get to a watertight position as quickly as possible.
Each flat will be fitted to a high standard, and improvements are being made to the communal parts. These improvements include a new lift and stairs to the top floor.
Works are due to complete on this air rights scheme in early 2022.
You can find out more about other commercial developments, including air rights schemes, we have designed here.