ISG has been awarded a £6 million redevelopment project in Oxford’s city centre.
The contractor will be in charge of both the construction and fit-out aspects of the mixed-use scheme.
6-12 George Street, originally built for the YMCA in 1891, 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. In accordance with planning requirements, ISG will rebuild the existing structure with an additional storey while retaining the historic façade.
The building will be demolished before ISG begins construction in August, with scaffolding installed from the pavement side to support the retained façade during construction. ISG will excavate the existing basement level to raise the ceiling height and will perform extensive underpinning to ensure the structural stability of the buildings that surround the site on three sides. After that, the contractor will finish the piling work and build a new basement slab before erecting a steel frame to support the building.
With curtain walling and insulated render elements across the rear elevation, the new structure has been designed to maximise natural light, creating a contemporary juxtaposition with the retained façade. The existing building’s five levels will be expanded to six thanks to the clever use of a mansard roof design that incorporates a green sedum planting area and a striking bronze turret feature at its centre.
In addition to the new build component of the scheme, ISG will be in charge of upgrading and repairing the retained façade, including the replacement of all sash windows on a like-for-like basis and the repair and cleaning of the historical stone frontage. In addition, the company will design a new shop front for the ground floor retail space.
The client will use the five-story office space for its own team, and ISG will install a new staircase and lift to create an open-plan office layout. The fit out will include high-quality finishes throughout as well as a high-spec mechanical and electrical installation, which will include intelligent building and lighting controls, chilled beams, and access, security, and fire systems.
“This project will transform a prominent building in the heart of Oxford from an outdated and vacant property into mixed-use accommodation with the highest specification commercial office space,” said Jonathan Kell, managing director – Midlands at ISG. The location and enclosed site present numerous challenges, as we must not only consider the busy high street, but also the retailers trading in adjacent properties and contend with very limited access.
“A key client consideration was ISG’s extensive experience managing programmes on similarly enclosed sites in congested areas, and we have developed a robust working methodology to enable the successful delivery of this complex scheme.”