LONDON'S RIVERSIDE CHURCH, DAGENHAM
London's Riverside Church
Contract value and type
£1,600,000 JCT Intermediate
Description of works
Mossford was appointed as principal contractor to phases 2 and 3 of this project in Dagenham following the insolvency of the previous contractor and architect. Phase 1 had been completed but required snagging so that the staff could move in and vacate the rear two-storey rear building and the single storey middle.
We demolished the single storey middle section and built a three-storey steel frame with curtain walling to create a new cafe space on the ground floor, two stairwells and offices on the upper floors.
The two-storey rear building was comprehensively refurbished including replacement of the flat roof that was in poor condition and complete cladding of the external walls. We installed panoramic windows to the upper floor and divided the space into a suite of seven offices.
We installed a new passenger lift in the new central building and a high specification commercial kitchen. Underfloor heating under a polished concrete floor gave the new cafe an industrial feel.
As the previous contractor and architect practice had become insolvent there was a significant amount of work to be done translating the construction drawings that had not been fully developed and design work on the fly.
One of the challenges was to ensure that the parts of the building occupied by staff were fully functional during the whole construction phase so segregation was carefully planned and the safety of the public was always a consideration in all activities.