Lillie Square

London, SW6
Paul Davis + Partners
Sir Robert McAlpine
Quantity Surveyor
EC Harris

Project Scope

  • Curtain walling – capped and structurally glazed
  • Swing and sliding doorsets
  • Balconies
  • Balustrades
  • Louvres and plant screens
  • Brise soleil
  • Aluminium cladding
  • Architectural metalwork

The transformation of the Seagrave Road car park in Earls Court to 808 high-end residential homes was one of the largest and most high-profile residential developments in London.

Key Challenges

  • Total façade package including responsibility for all interfaces and weather performance
  • High specification glass and product finishes
  • Fast installation with key co-ordination and interfacing with other trades

The Brief

Employed by contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, Colorminium worked on the design from the early Stage D stages to engineer a high performance solution for the façade alongside the design team as it progressed to Stage E for Phase 1 of the scheme. At that point, the intent was locked down and ready for delivery of what is one of the most sought after addresses in London.

Our Approach

Phase 1 comprises four individual blocks of which Colorminium have done three. Constructed from a concrete frame, the façade is a mixture of pre-cast concrete panels, glazing and architectural cladding. Working closely with the pre-cast contractor, the glazed elements were designed from conventional stick curtain walling to walled areas of glazing with some capped and some structurally glazed. Areas of glazing within the pre-cast cladding are punch hole window and sliding door systems.

At the roof levels, the building steps back to create terraces where again curtain walling is used to all sides with integral brise soleil. Plant areas at roof level are enclosed with louvre screens and areas with stair cores and shafts are clad in architectural cladding.

Integral balconies were also designed to be installed once the façade was complete as modulised units that could be lifted to position. Entrance portals to the concierge areas were being designed to be sympathetic with the remainder of the façade elements.

The Result

With the majority of the 237 apartments in Phase 1 of the scheme sold, the project is now complete and has set the benchmark for following phases.