• 3−10 Grosvenor Crescent, London

    Darke & Taylor was engaged over a three-year period to undertake the comprehensive electrical services overhaul of a terrace of eight Grade II-listed buildings in the heart of Central London. The brief was to sympathetically transform these buildings into 14 super-prime state-of-the-art apartments, whilst retaining the principal historical elements of the listed buildings.

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Project challenges

SEVERE INSTALLATION RESTRICTIONS

The ceilings were listed and the joists were under a very strict set of notching conditions. Hence, Darke & Taylor (D&T) only had the floor void to work with and even this was limited to where the floor had recently been levelled.

Solution: The floor-levelling introduced a severe time pressure element to the project, meaning that D&T had to wait to see where the floor was uneven, before designing a system to work around that area.

UNEVEN FLOORS

D&T had to wait until the old floors had been levelled before it could commence work. Furthermore, the structural engineers’ requirements meant that D&T could only work within the first 20% of each joist and, owing to the piecemeal nature of the old buildings, these joists often ran in different directions.

Solution: D&T had to mark up the levelled floors to determine routes for all the cables without compromising the joists. Electricians were able to cut into the extra floor-levelling timbers but had to stay within a floor board’s width; hence. many cable runs were required given the very limited space available.

MAINTAINING THE ACOUSTIC BARRIER

These super-prime apartments called for higher-than-normal levels of soundproofing. Consequently, D&T had to ensure that the services installed for each apartment were within its respective demise, so that the cabling, for example, to the ceiling lights, was accessible from within that apartment alone.

Solution: Due to the limited space within ceiling and floor voids, D&T selected an in-house design team with the knowledge and experience to accurately plan out this project, working alongside other trades, ensuring a fully co-ordinated solution was designed prior to the installation commencing.

21-CAR STACKER SYSTEM

This top-of-the range automated system was installed in the basement by a specialist sub-contractor. The owner would drive into the garage, wave a fob, and their car would be put on the racking system.

Solution: D&T installed the electrics for the car stacking system, as well as the fire alarm. The system itself was installed by a specialist, so D&T had to quickly come up to speed with the highly specialised requirements of this unique project.

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“Grosvenor Crescent was a full fit-out project so, from the installation of the commercial-scale plant room to the finest 2nd fix finishes, was ideally suited to showcasing the very best of Darke & Taylor’s experience and skills in this specialist market.”

Technical overview

The project required the management of a number of specialist contractors who worked closely with D&T’s site and management team to integrate high-quality, state-of-the-art audio visual and lighting systems.

Grosvenor Crescent was a full fit-out project so, from the installation of the commercial-scale plant room to the finest 2nd fix finishes, was ideally suited to showcasing the very best of Darke & Taylor’s experience and skills in this specialist market.

Project details

CLIENTWalter Lilly
PROJECT DURATION3 years

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