The 24-storey 1970s Grenfell Tower in London is in the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington. It is getting an overhaul as part of a wider £57m neighbourhood regeneration.
With residents still in occupation, Rydon will improve the building’s energy efficiency and community facilities and also create additional new homes using vacant space.
Rain screen cladding, curtain wall façade and replacement windows will be fitted to the exterior of the building. Inside will get a new heating system so that individual residents will be able to adjust their own heating levels for the first time.
Dale Youth Boxing Club, which has helped to produce some of the UK’s best boxing talent, including Olympic gold medallist James Degale and IBF/WBA contender George Groves, is based within Grenfell Tower. This refurbishment will provide the club with new training facilities, around three times the size of its current premises.
Lower floor space will be also remodelled to incorporate seven new homes as well as a nursery, which is being relocated from another part of the building.
Rydon had to demonstrate in the bidding process that it could demonstrate “outstanding resident engagement”. The company was able to show that it had completed several similar refurbishments to residential tower blocks with residents in occupation. Most recently it has modernised a 22-storey tower and numerous other multi-storey housing, sheltered accommodation and community buildings across a large estate in Lambeth as well as a similar refurbishment to another 23-storey tower block in Newham.