At one London’s most coveted regeneration schemes, Fusion Building Systems has proven that team work and a flexible approach to delivery are what makes a project successful.
The Old Oak in Ealing, north London is a new building complex offering a different kind of accommodation aimed at ‘millennials’, mixing small private spaces with quirky shared spaces. Called ‘The Collective’ it has 550 bedrooms and communal areas that include a spa, restaurant, games room, library and roof-top with plastic igloos – with most bills included in the rental price.
It was only fitting that a modern way of living should be built using modern methods of construction and Fusion was appointed to design and manufacture light gauge steel frames for an apartment block totalling 11 storeys within the development.
Part way through the project, the main contractor went into administration leaving Fusion in a position where it needed transition to new contractor Mace, whilst still working to complete the project on time.
Stephen Pycroft, Mace executive chairman, said: “Mace stepped into the breach on The Collective, Old Oak, when the original main contractor went into administration. We had to pick the job up at a late stage when the building was already in full flow, so the inherent risks were large and we needed a team around us we could rely on.
“Fusion was already on site when we started and the transition to working with the Mace team was seamless. During the course of the project they continued to excel, maintaining the programme and completing their works to an excellent standard.
“Though a tough start, the project wouldn’t have been the success it was without the support of the Fusion team.”
The project was briefed and designed as two buildings adjacent to each other – one seven storey structure and one nine storey, positioned on top of a transfer platform. It is also first light gauge steel building to exceed the 30m two-hour fire mark and is believed to be the single largest steel structure of its kind in the UK.
The Fusion team maximised the speed of build by applying weather proofing to specific floors of the structure, enabling other trades to maintain a good pace on site. The building was complete within 21 weeks.
Mike Fairey, Fusion director, concluded: “Old Oak was a challenging project not only due to the complexity of the design, but the problems caused by the insolvency of our employer at the peak of the build. I am however extremely proud of our team who re-engaged and delivered the building with newly-appointed contractor, Mace.”