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2-4 Lancaster Place, Covent Garden

The brief was for the refurbishment of an existing seven-storey building to provide student accommodation for the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Mecserve was appointed to assist with the refurbishment and transformation of Lancaster Place. Originally office accommodation, the seven-storey building now provides student lodgings. During the construction phase, allowances and limitations were handled sensitively as retail units (on the ground and basement level) remained fully operational.

The building comprised a retained listed façade, a ground floor level entrance hall, basement plant-rooms, storage and laundry areas with the student accommodation being located on first to fourth floors consisting of approximately 14,100 ft². The student accommodation consisted of individual rooms (each with an en-suite shower) and groups of rooms with shared shower rooms and communal kitchens. 

The services consisted of a new lift, high efficient condensing gas fired boilers and domestic water calorifiers, constant pressure variable volume extract ventilation, boosted domestic water services and sprinkler system. Decorative surface-mounted low energy lighting was provided throughout the common parts and within the student accommodation areas.

Client: Duchy of Lancaster

Architect: Paul Davis + Partners

Quantity Surveyor: The Trevor Patrick Partnership

Structural Engineer: Michael Barclay Partnership

Main Contractor: Vinci Construction Ltd

Services provided by Mecserve: Building services engineering, vertical transportation and an overseeing role for the client