St Agnes Place, an apartment block in Kennington Park, London, has received an NHBC Pride in the Job Award.
The project lasted for 50 weeks, beginning in July 2011 and completing just under a year later in July 2012. Rooff Ltd was the main contractor on the design and build project.
Award winner and Site Manager Dave Owers said:
“The block has a concrete frame which was brick clad with a zinc clad upper floor, bolt-on galvanised steel and glass balconies and Rationel windows and doors. The development also achieved Secured by Design status and finished on time and within budget.
“The development is social housing but it looks like a private apartment block. This is reflected by the build, particularly the top floor which has terraces and balconies overlooking the park.
“Interestingly, there was a Rastafarian temple on the site before, which was a couple of old converted houses. This was demolished to make way for the new build, but we used the old railings which we re-painted to comply with planning laws for outside the new block of flats.”
St Agnes place used to be an area popular with the Rastafarian community; Bob Marley is alleged to have stayed there a number of times during the 1970’s. Lambeth Council put forward plans in 2010 to build new private and social housing on the site.
Rooff Ltd is a family run construction and development company, which has been in the industry for almost 100 years and has an excellent reputation.
Rooff undertakes general contracting in London and the north, east and southern Home Counties, on projects ranging in value up to £20 million. They work in a variety of sectors, including health, education, public and community, new build private and social housing, commercial and historical buildings.
Dave Owers from Rooff Ltd won an NHBC Pride in the Job Award for his work on St Agnes place, which he found out about in late June 2012.
“It was a surprise, when you get an award it’s never really something you expect. I’ve been a site manager for 30 years and this is my first award. I think I have a good team here and we tend to use the same sub-contractors. I find it’s always better to have someone you know who works well than someone you haven’t worked with before.
“Tenants have now moved in which is great to see. There is a housing need in that area, there have been some problems with crime but the police and local community are trying to improve things. There are extra patrols in the park and it’s an up and coming area for redevelopment. It’s a real privilege to be recognised by the NHBC, it is definitely a career highlight.”
Rationel Windows UK Ltd
Rationel Windows UK Ltd offer a wide range of windows and doors in modern and classic styles for both new-build and refurbishment projects. Rationel has developed and manufactured high-quality windows and doors since 1954 and today their product range covers almost any imaginable need and architectural style.
Rationel is also the leading Scandinavian supplier of windows and doors for Passiv Haus and low-energy buildings.
Rationel Windows UK Ltd supplied the windows on the NHBC Award-winning Agnes Place project.