ISG has been awarded a £6m redevelopment project in the centre of Oxford.
The contractor will be responsible for both construction and fit out elements of the mixed-use scheme.
Originally constructed for the YMCA in 1891, 6-12 George Street is located in the heart of Oxford’s central shopping area and combines ground floor retail space with basement storage and four levels of office accommodation. The new scheme will see ISG rebuild the existing structure with an additional storey, while retaining the historic façade in line with planning requirements.
The building will be demolished prior to ISG starting work in August, with scaffolding in place from the pavement side to support the retained façade during the build. ISG will excavate the existing basement level to increase the ceiling height and carry out extensive underpinning to ensure the structural stability of the buildings that enclose the site on three sides. The contractor will then complete piling works and create a new basement slab before erecting a steel frame to support the building.
The new structure has been designed to maximise natural light with curtain walling and insulated render elements across the rear elevation, creating a contemporary juxtaposition with the retained façade. The five levels of the existing building will be increased to six through the clever use of a mansard roof design, which incorporates a green sedum planting area and a striking bronze turret feature at its centre.
In addition to the new build element of the scheme, ISG will also be responsible for upgrading and repairing the retained façade, with the replacement of all sash windows on a like-for-like basis and repairing and cleaning the historical stone frontage. The company will also create a new shop front for the ground floor retail space.
The client will use the five storeys of office space for its own team and, internally, ISG will install a new staircase and lift, creating an open plan office layout. The fit out will incorporate high quality finishes throughout and a high specification mechanical and electrical installation, including intelligent building and lighting controls, chilled beams, and access, security and fire systems.
ISG’s Jonathan Kell, managing director – Midlands, commented: “This project will transform a prominent building in the heart of Oxford from an outdated and vacant property into mixed-use accommodation with the highest specification commercial office space. The location and enclosed site present numerous challenges as we must not only take account of the busy high street, but also respect the retailers trading in adjacent properties and contend with very restricted access.
“ISG’s wide ranging experience of managing programmes on similarly enclosed sites in busy locations was a key client consideration and we have developed a robust working methodology to enable the successful delivery of this complex scheme.”