CBG Consultants undertook a feasibility study within Alfred Street for Lincoln College with ADP Architects, for the refurbishment of a former 1950s office block in central Oxford to apartments.
A range of uses for the building were evaluated, including conversion to a hotel, teaching facilities, retail units and residential accommodation. Outline M&E strategies were developed for each scenario, to allow capital costs to be determined.
On completion of the report, the College decided to proceed with the conversion of the building into 15 high quality compact residential apartments, plus a roof top extension to form two luxury penthouse suites. These were designed to specification suitable for future private sale.
CBG undertook the detailed M&E services design to BIM Level 2. New plant and mains distribution services were provided, with sub-metered heat exchangers and electrical supplies to each apartment. This allows the College to bill occupants for energy use. The project included remedial works to divert existing boiler flues and services supplying the basement below, which remains in the demise of the adjacent bank.
Photographer: Craig Auckland, Fotohaus