AVDanzer recently installed welfare units to support a development site in Knightsbridge, central London. The project is located in the centre of Chelsea and Knightsbridge, behind Harrods in the heart of one of the world’s best known shopping locations.
The seven welfare units provided comprise an open plan canteen and drying room on the ground floor, and toilet and washroom facilities for the use of up to 300 people on the site over the next three years.
This was an especially challenging project to install – space for the cabins was extremely limited, and access was made difficult due to the narrow roads and residential neighbourhood.
We put in place a traffic management plan to ensure we could safely navigate the narrow roads, and cause as little disruption as possible. Traffic marshalls were provided, and parking bay restrictions placed on Basil Street where the units were off-loaded.
Access into the site itself was only possible through the historic doorways of the disused Knightsbridge Fire Station. We off-loaded the units on the highway, having first carefully removed the old folding doors to increase the width and avoid any possible damage.
As the video shows, with only inches to spare on either side, we were able to slowly lift and slide the units through the doors and into the courtyard on the other side, using a skate system beneath the modules.
Once the units were safely in the compound we lifted them into place, with four units on the ground floor and two on top.
Next, our specialist contractor installed a pre-grown, interlocking sedum roof cover on to the two single ground floor units. The system consists of 8-10 different sedum species which will provide some habitat for insects and birds – a welcome addition in an urban area which has very little green space available for wildlife.
The green roof system also mitigates against urban heat effect and reduces the need for air-conditioning in the cabins – so delivering significant energy savings.
Once complete the development will include 35 high-quality residential apartments along with 9,518m2 of retail floorspace, 1,418m2 of restaurants and cafes as well as 10,797m2 of office and 24 car parking spaces.
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