GS Group were delighted to undertake the refurbishment of all the kitchen and cafe/servery areas of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in central London. The Grade II listed building is a flourishing society of barristers, located on a large estate of historic buildings, contemporary facilities, and peaceful grounds.
Having won the contract through Graham Construction, we were enlisted onto the £20m conservation and extension programme onto the building’s Grade II* listed Great Hall (1845) and Library (1873). The site is situated within the Bloomsbury Conservation area and so, demanded specialist design and construction methodologies to preserve the heritage and historic importance of the iconic buildings, which form the collegiate heart of the building.
We assisted the design process with the clients’ catering consultant, providing their expertise with layout and selection of equipment. We also supplied and installed the commercial catering equipment including all of the refrigeration and air conditioning.
We met with the builder to discuss the requirements and needs of the end-users and had regular meetings on-site to discuss the programme and progression of installation. We also worked with shopfitting trades, as instructed by the builder, and our fabricators to ensure servery areas were built following the design.
Our own sub-contractors including the ventilation and canopy specialists, coldroom, counter and fabrication manufacturers and fitters, were all managed by ourselves. A good working relationship was quickly established with the M&E contractor due to the complexity of the project with many outfalls being found during the build process which is often common on refurbishments of old buildings.
The project was not without its challenges, especially in terms of logistics and spatial requirements when incorporating new services into the Grade II* listed building. Due to the central London location of the site it was deemed logistically hard to persuade the council to close the main road and we continued to manage the completion of the project while the main road was remained in use. All equipment had to be sized and approved so that it could be delivered via this route and then had to be transported up in the lift.
The basement walls were tanked to allow water to pass through into a drainage channel, so, using a specific size fixing for wall-mounted items was critical as to not pierce the plastic tanking membrane.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn continued to operate during the extensive fit-out, so considering the safety of the public was also a large part of our responsibility.
By remaining flexible throughout the delivery of the project we were able to plan ahead and not commit to any items that could change, this showed to be invaluable when there were several unforeseen issues with the structure of the building which impacted on our programme of works.
Feedback from Mike Davaney, Senior Project Manager, Graham Construction
It is my pleasure to recommend GS Group based on their performance working for Graham Construction Ltd at our prestigious £20 million project for the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn, Great Hall and Library Project.
Although the project was extremely challenging, GS Group’s professional attitude and ability to overcome a variety of problems impressed me.
The Senior Project Management had regular site attendance to monitor progress and standard of installation. Any issues raised during these visits were dealt with promptly and in a timely manner.
The client was delighted with the Quality of the finished product and this was achieved through the protocols and in house procedures set out internally within the GS Group.
I would not hesitate to recommend GS Group for future works and look forward to working with Karl and his team again.