This project - refurbishing the Grade II Listed Hans House, in Hans Street in Chelsea - is expected to take a further 11 months to complete. The five storey building requires both external repairs and internal refurbishment.
Ian Lampkin, ME Construction’s quantity surveyor involved in the project, explained: “Some of the panelling, ceilings and fireplaces in the building are ‘listed’, so we’ll be protecting and conserving these while we also replace and upgrade the basement floor and then carry out a complete ‘fit out’ of the property.”
While completing the project, ME Construction has to take into account that the house is adjacent to a school and opposite the Icelandic Embassy. So, among other things, the company has to ensure continuous access to the area for other people while the work is going on.
According to the company’s Business Development Director, Paul Driver, since its inception some six years ago, ME Construction has completed over 70 projects of various sizes although, typically, not exceeding £4.5m covering the commercial, residential, healthcare, education, retail and leisure sectors and involving conservation, refurbishment and specialised works.
Last December, it was named in the current Sunday Times’ Fast Track 100 list a list of the UK’s 100 fastest growing privately owned companies.
“Our commitment to quality, along with continued strategic and controlled growth, continues to be translated into a large number of satisfied clients and a high degree of repeat business,” Paul said. “We endorse the concept of ‘One Team, One Focus’ by working collaboratively with our clients, consultants and supply chain - ensuring that the project deliverables are achieved.”
Recently working with architects Morrow & Lorraine on a £307,000 property refurbishment for the Howard de Walden Estate at 31 Queen Anne Street, London W1, involved ME Construction in carrying out the complete refurbishment of a basement flat including the installation of a waterproofing system, mechanical and electrical (M&E) services, wall and floor finishes and external landscaping works.
About The Cadogan Estate
The foundations of The Cadogan Estate were established in 1717 when Charles, second Baron Cadogan (1685-1776) married Elizabeth Sloane, daughter of Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753) who had bought the Manor of Chelsea in 1712. At this time it included 11 houses, a selection of tenements and 166 acres. Sloane died in 1753 without male heirs and his estate was divided between his two daughters; one part passing into the Cadogan family, the other to the Stanley's of Paulton.
There have been two great bursts of development in the history of The Cadogan Estate. The first of these began in 1777 when Charles Sloane, then Earl Cadogan, granted a lease to the architect Henry Holland for the development of 'Hans Town', the area of fields between Knightsbridge and the King's Road. Holland created Sloane Street, Hans Place and later Sloane Square as well as designing the street layout, building houses and selling speculative building rights on the development. In 1821 the whole of the Manor of Chelsea was reunited under Cadogan ownership; the Cadogan family being the closest surviving relatives to the offspring of Sir Hans Sloane's other daughter.
The second burst of development happened during the era of the 5th Earl Cadogan (1840-1915). Sloane Square Station opened in 1868; the riverside embankment was completed in 1874, and many long leases were expiring on sites ripe for redevelopment. The rebuilding became the responsibility of the 'Cadogan and Hans Place Estate Co.' which pioneered building in the new 'Queen Anne' style of red brick and stucco that has since become so synonymous with the area it is termed 'Pont Street Dutch'. Between 1877 and 1900 much of the Estate was redeveloped.
About The Howard de Walden Estate
The manor of Tyburn was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Leased to a succession of tenants until 1538, Henry VIII then created a Royal hunting park in the northern part of the manor. Today, this area is called Regent's Park. In 1611, James I sold the rest of the manor for £829 3s 4d. In 1711, the Estate passed to the Duke of Newcastle's daughter, Henrietta Cavendish Holles. She married Edward Harley, the second Earl of Oxford, and, realising the need for fashionable housing, they commissioned the architect John Prince to draw a master plan with Cavendish Square as the focal point and a grid system of streets to north, east and west. To the south, the Estate was bounded by Oxford Street. On Edward Harley’s death, the Estate passed to his daughter, Margaret Cavendish Harley who married the second Duke of Portland. The Dukes of Portland held the Estate for five generations until 1879 when the fifth Duke died without issue and the land passed through the female line to his sister, Lucy Joan Bentinck, widow of the sixth Baron Howard de Walden. The Portland Estate then became the Howard de Walden Estate. In 1918, the first family estate company was formed. Today the estate covers more than 90 acres, and ownership and control remain within the Howard de Walden family.
About ME Construction
ME Construction (meconstruction.co.uk) a specialist refurbishment contractor, active in London and the surrounding areas - was founded in 2007 to deliver high quality projects in a professional manner normally associated with the larger industry PLCs. It concentrates on the delivery of small to medium-sized projects - typically, not exceeding £4.5m.
In 2012, ME Construction was recognised as the UK’s fastest growing privately owned construction company and included in the Fast Track 100 list, published in The Sunday Times.