Imperial College London

Weeks Hall

THE PROJECT

Imperial College London is a world-class university with a mission to benefit society through excellence in science, engineering, medicine and business. ICL required the design and refurbishment of the Grade II listed building called Weeks Hall. It was built in 1957 as a state of the art purpose built student accommodation, the building had become tired and didn’t meet the needs and requirements of today’s ICL students. It was decided to change the use of the building and to create new office accommodation for two ICL academic departments.

The project involved the complete refurbishment of 11 No. floors, from Lower Ground to the 9th, including roof and external works to create new office and ancillary accommodation, whilst ensuring the unique internal and external listed features remained.

OVERCOMING CHALLENGES

  • Challenging Logistics – These were overcome by meeting with the Westminster Residents Association prior and during the works along with regular newsletters.
  • Lift design and procurement to achieve planning requirements along with tight time scales – early procurement of a lift contractor was key and once the preferred lift contractor was appointed, we co-ordinated the design, which involved several meetings, reviews and factory visits.
  • Retained listed features – We worked with the design team to ensure that all works were fully co-ordinated in order for the new installation, in particular new M&E services, were sympathetically installed.