CORIUM gives a tired old building a new lease of life
The tired 1980s office block façade of Belmont House was stripped back to the original concrete frame to facilitate the modernisation and provide a fresh and efficient first-class office building, designed by architects TP Bennett for their client Aviva. Following the complete demolition of the building’s central core area, major strengthening works to the existing concrete frame enabled an additional fifth floor to be added at roof level, as well as two terraces, a full height atrium, and the brand new entrance on Belmont Road. Following a change in the design, David Blair - Director at TP Bennett, worked to find a suitable façade for this premium development.
Project Director Peter Denness of main contractors McLaren Construction explained how happy he was with his first experience of using CORIUM on site; “It’s a joy to work with, easy to fix, and one of the biggest advantages is the flexibility it offers to a build.” Peter continued, “We actually built Belmont House from the top down. By putting the roof on and starting on the top floor, it allowed us to get water tight very quickly, so that when the following floors were being installed, they were off the critical path and we could start the fit out process a lot earlier. This level of flexibility really suited us and the project. I’d definitely use CORIUM again.”
“Brick cladding has rebranded the building – given it a new lease of life”
“Everyone seems to be very happy with the finish of the building”, David surmised. “It has met all expectations and looks very crisp. The brick cladding has rebranded the building and given it a new lease of life. There were a number of complex details and interfaces between the existing and new structures that were overcome in design through close co-operation between all involved, and the end results are quite impressive. The finished project is exactly as everyone had hoped, if not better, which is a great result.” Peter Denness agreed, “Everyone involved with the process agrees that the new Belmont House looks fantastic, and it really makes a significant contribution to the regeneration of Uxbridge town centre.”