Caunton have been involved with an exciting project to extend and elevate a Grade II building, by including a three storey addition and a stunning new glazed roof. Caunton have supplied the steelwork for the three storey extension and the means by which the glazed roof is then connected.
184 Shepherds Bush Road was built in 1916 and is famous for formerly being a Ford and Citroen garage and showroom. It has been an Access Self Storage facility for the last 23 years. Work was to convert it into a high quality office space in time for a 1,000-strong dunnhumby (one of the world’s leading customer science companies) team to relocate. Caunton was contracted to main contractor McLaren Construction and supplied and erected three storeys of steelwork to sit on, and above, the existing building – which was already stripped out. The glazed roof was supplied and fixed by the Austrian company, Seele – celebrated for supplying the glazed roof at the British Museum in the 1990’s. The connections system between the two companies’ steelwork was sensitive and of exacting tolerance, and required close cooperation between the two companies’ surveying engineers and Caunton’s site plating-and-welding team. It has proved most successful.
Roy Collado, of the architects Collado Collins, said: “So often we architects get to create brand new buildings, but there is a huge sense of achievement when you can create a new life for a famous old building and this is what we are doing here.”
Caunton were delighted to have been of service in this admirable project.