The perfect brew
As a former whisky warehouse, turning Assam Place into a luxury student accommodation and premium commercial space has been a true transformation project. Blending a historic landmark with an 18 storey tower was always going to be a challenge. The result is a new type of accommodation for students where the worlds of finance, media, art, and fashion meet to form a dynamic hub.
Assam Place marked our first step into the world of investment, and played a vital role in shaping our investment business. Working as co-investor, developer, project manager and contractor, this project is an example of group-wide collaboration at its best. We worked with joint venture partner Alternative Developments to secure the site and obtain planning permission as well as develop and manage the project.
The development benefited from the best of sustainable and modern construction methods, including an innovative scaffold-suspended temporary roof to protect the internal flooring of the heritage brewery. The constraints of the site meant we were restricted to a single tower crane, a problem that was solved using a fast-build frame. Columns and edge beams were manufactured off-site allowing the floor slab on each storey to be cast within 48 hours. The tower build cycle was shortened as a consequence and saved 18 weeks on the programme.
Assam Place demonstrates exactly what we can bring to the market and is testament to the collaborative nature of our business, allowing us to share our knowledge to create a world class facility.
“The site was particularly commended for the high standards reached in the categories of Considerate, Appearance, Respectful, Safety and Accountability; and for its exceptional achievements in the categories of Environment, Being a good neighbour and Responsibility.”