Welcome to the latest edition of our GT Life Magazine, showcasing news, events and projects from around the firm.
“G&T is proud to be associated with the proposed masterplan for Olympia. We have been involved with Olympia for over 10 years and are now very much looking forward to bringing this project to life”
Mike Wood, Partner, G&T
Already home to more than 200 events and welcoming 1.6 million visitors every year, Olympia London has been involved with the arts for generations and originally housed one of London’s first cinemas. Planners have now approved a £1bn project to turn the 132 year old landmark into a world-leading cultural hub with hotels, restaurants, performance venues, state of the art office space and 2.5 acres of new public space.
YOO Capital and Deutsche Finance International – which own the historic exhibition centre – have appointed award-winning architect practices Heatherwick Studio and SPPARC to lead the design and implementation.
“Not only is this great news for London - it's also an example of a British project with European investment creating jobs and opportunities in spite of current economic and political climate.”
John Hitchcox, Chairman, YOO Capital
Queen Mary University of London’s ‘Neuron Pod’ is an extension to Will Alsop’s award-winning Blizard Institute and informal science learning centre ‘Centre of the Cell’ in the Whitechapel medical and dental campus of Queen Mary. The purpose of both the Centre of the Cell and the new Neuron Pod is to provide an exemplary programme of public engagement with science to children, young people, adults and the local community.
The £2m free-standing pod sits on three legs, is 10m high, 23m long, weighs 25 tonnes and is connected to the Centre of the Cell’s current space via a bridge.
Made up of 13 steel sections – prefabricated and then assembled on site – the structure is covered in 500 fibre optic spines which represent dendrites (hair-like extensions of nerve cells that transmit electrochemical signal) and light up at night.
The space can accommodate up to 60 people and will also be used to host community and cultural events, as well as external hire.
This major redevelopment by Argent Related will see the construction of six new buildings in central Tottenham Hale, supporting Haringey Council’s plans to transform five pieces of land earmarked for change into a new ‘District Centre’.
The scheme will provide 1,030 new homes (a mix of affordable, market sale and rental), up to 20 retail spaces, co-working and office space and a health centre serving 20,000 people, complete with two football pitches’ worth of public realm.
Phase 3 of the Waterside Places’ (a joint venture between Muse Developments and the Canal & River Trust) scheme will deliver seven new buildings ranging in height from five to ten storeys comprising 452 new homes (187 affordable) alongside commercial and retail space fronting a new public square as well as a new public footbridge.
This stretch of the Grand Union Canal will also see towpath improvements, new mooring facilities and the renovation of the existing dock. A new bus depot will also be constructed as part of the wider Brentford Lock development to replace the existing Metrolink facility.
The National Trust for Scotland has embarked on a five year plan to enhance visitor experiences at key sites to encourage more people to experience the tradition and heritage of landmark buildings.
One of the projects involves the conservation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Helensburgh. The house will be encased in a semi-permeable mesh pavilion, designed by Carmody Groarke, to shield the building during works allowing it to dry out so conservation works can be undertaken to save the world-famous house for generations to come.
The National Museum of Scotland has completed a 15 year, £80m redevelopment transforming its Category A Listed Victorian building to create a highly engaging and interactive visitor experience with new gallery spaces and extensive learning facilities alongside new café and retail spaces.
The museum, the most popular visitor attraction in the UK outside of London, now boasts 29 gallery spaces including the Grand Gallery which has been transformed into a light and airy space connecting the new gallery spaces over four floors.
Work has begun on the first phase of the Assembly mixed-use regeneration scheme, believed to be the largest speculative office development ever undertaken in Bristol, to provide much needed Grade A office space for the Bristol market. The AXA/Bell Hammer scheme will deliver 300,000 sq ft of commercial office space across three buildings located around a new waterfront public realm and promises a thriving workplace with an emphasis on staff wellbeing by providing rooftop amenity space, south facing balconies and ‘best in class’ cycle and changing facilities.
The development is targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, WELL enabled design and Wiredscore Platinum accreditation for connectivity.
This new 9,160m² state of the art teaching, learning and research facility, located on the University’s Upper Mountjoy campus, will house the Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science departments of Durham University.
Designed by Ryder Architecture, the building is one of the first major projects of the University Estate Masterplan 2017-2027 and provides a variety of teaching and study spaces, including an Enterprise Hub, collaborative break-out areas and a 120-person lecture theatre as well as a number of academic offices.
Work commenced on site in November 2018 with the facility due to open for the start of the 2020/2021 academic year.
The G&T team at Heathrow was recently nominated for Transport Team Partnership of the Year with Heathrow Airport Limited and Heathrow Airline Operators Committee at this year’s London Transport Awards in recognition or our work for the provision of development monitoring services at the airport.
Our role is to ensure that capital funds are invested efficiently to meet project objectives which involves our team assuring the programme and project development through major gateways followed by monthly reviews through the design and delivery phases. This includes reviewing the brief and business case, through governance, design development, procurement, delivery and transition to operation.
We are engaged on a diverse range of projects from typically £5m to £450m incorporating asset replacement, airport resilience, passenger experience and Heathrow expansion using our expertise in development and project management, cost, schedule, risk and opportunity, procurement and construction to ensure that we identify and report on issues that affect delivery of value.
G&T was appointed by Fairbriar International in 2012 to deliver Middlewood Locks, a new mixed-use destination located between Manchester and Salford City Centres comprising 2,000 new homes as well as nearly 1 million sq ft of commercial development.
Phase 1 is now complete, delivering 571 apartments with associated public realm. Phase 2 started on site in late 2018 and comprises four separate buildings providing 546 apartments with private podium gardens together with ground level parking and landscaped gardens adjoining the park space next to the canal.
A £130m development by Delancey Oxford Residential, APG and Qatari Diar in central Leeds which will create a new neighbourhood featuring 780 homes across eight apartment blocks, ranging from eight to 23 storeys in height, on a vacant 2.26 hectare site.
The development will also include adaptable landscaped pedestrian areas, in excess of 100 car and motorcycle parking spaces and a number of commercial units at ground floor level. The last phase will be to construct a residents’ hub building on the smaller Greenbank site.
The Carnegie School of Sport at Leeds Beckett University will bring together facilities from the School of Sport, which are currently spread across the Headingley campus, and consolidate them into a modern purpose built facility.
Designed by Sheppard Robson, the new facility will be a base for the elite athletes who use the university’s sports performance expertise. As well as general teaching areas and research laboratories, the 8,300m² building will feature a range of specialist facilities including a 60m covered rooftop running track and an environmental chamber which can replicate different altitudes and environments.
The Grade I Listed house at Clandon Park dates to the early 1700s. It was built for the Onslow family and given to the National Trust in 1956. One of the UK’s most complete examples of a Palladian mansion, the house was gutted by fire in April 2015, devastating much of its collection and leaving the building open to the sky.
Following a yearlong phase of stabilisation and salvage, the Trust commissioned a detailed conservation plan of the house and gardens to inform decisions about Clandon’s future.
The vision for Clandon is to remake the house room by room, painstakingly restoring the principal rooms on the ground floor and reimagining the upper floors where nearly everything was destroyed. This will include gallery spaces and areas for learning and events, as well as a new café. The remade Clandon Park will balance the restored Palladian masterpieces against the new spaces, creating a beautiful and thought-provoking whole.
In 2018, following an international design competition, Allies and Morrison was appointed as lead architects, supported by a large team including conservation architect Purcell and landscape architects Robert Myers. The National Trust is now finalising the feasibility study and masterplan for the project, before designs are shared more widely.
G&T is providing Cost Consultancy and Contract Administration services at Google’s new London headquarters. Once complete, the building will be one of the most advanced smart buildings in the world. As Google is the end user occupier, they have been able to push the boundaries more than usual so that smart capabilities are fully integrated.
The appointment of a Master Systems Integrator (MSI) at the earliest possible stage was a key focus on this project. This is not unique to this building as it has occurred on other end user Smart buildings but it is an additional role over and above that which is usually found on a “typical” office build and the scope in this instance far exceeds what has been done before. This is in respect of the quantity of data that is going into the BIM model detailing the properties of each of the building components and the level of testing of those components in advance of construction in a “laboratory” or workshop environment to ensure compatibility.
In order to mitigate the issue of technical obsolescence as far as possible, the MSI contractor on this project is engaging with all trades and their respective suppliers to ensure that the ability to accommodate future advances in technology currently in development is built in. A key part of this has been to ensure that all components are open source, allowing them to communicate with each other and the integrated building control system (BCS) which can then offer data up to Google’s network.
New high rise office building and retail development for Great Portland Estates plc located between the Shard, London Bridge and Borough Market.
The main 37-storey building will provide high quality office space with retail and leisure at the lower levels accessed from the new public realm. ‘Hub’ space will be located on levels 21 and 22 with a 250-seat auditorium and outdoor terrace. An impressive double-height public garden will be created at levels 5 and 6 with views across London.
High quality mixed-use scheme in Westminster by London & Oriental comprising 64 luxury apartments, 55,000 sq ft of office accommodation and 11,000 sq ft of retail space across three buildings with interlinking public space.
The existing tower has been extensively remodelled by Fletcher Priest Architects as luxury apartments with office and retail space on the lower floors. The original podium has been replaced by The Caxton which provides offices with a roof garden and a further office, The Gate House, designed to complement the adjacent Listed Albert Tavern.
New AHMM designed office and retail scheme for British Land and its joint venture partner GIC Private Limited.
Situated on the existing Broadgate campus, the 14-storey scheme comprises 150,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and leisure uses over four lower floors with 375,000 sq ft of new prime office space above. Terraces and balconies will provide amenity and green space for users of the building.
New 15-storey office building being developed by YardNine and Partners Group to provide over 250,000 sq ft of workspace with retail on the ground floor. Currently under construction, the office accommodation will benefit from a spiralling atrium allowing light throughout the centre of the building. The two storey reception area will provide a business lounge, health facilities and a café for the building’s users. Six landscaped roof terraces will offer 360 degree views of the City and beyond.
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Following completion of the Twickenham East Stand development where G&T provided Cost Management services, we were engaged by the RFU to provide life cycle costs and asset replacement plans for the new stand to enable them to plan for future costs and forecasts for future asset replacement for the next 120 years.
For the RFU the ability to understand the current and future costs for its single most important building is essential to ensure assets are actively managed to ensure the longevity and quality of the stadium.
G&T developed a dynamic asset planning tool to allow future costs to be mapped and planned as well as individual building assets and elements to be tracked within their financial system in a consistent manner. The model not only provides a plan for a single point in time, it can also be updated to track asset replacements and costs annually.
G&T’s LA office completed the new Rockwell Group designed West Coast Headquarters for Warner Music Group, which boasts record labels and publishing such as Warner Brother Records, Warner Chappell Music and Atlantic Records under its umbrella.
The vision was to consolidate three existing office locations and six core business groups under one roof in the ever growing and expanding Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. The brief was for a state of the art, creative office environment that would retain, develop and attract talent and strengthen the existing artist roster to expand WMG’s market share.
The project comprises 200,000 sq ft of creative office space and 30,000 sq ft of shared collaboration spaces including the ‘Center Stage’, a fully functional live performance venue. The building showcases an original Shepard Fairey art installation, custom designed sound systems for all of its critical listening spaces, state of the art sound studios and custom designed Italian office front and a fully refurbished and branded water tower.
Sotheby’s, the famous New York City auction house, celebrates its 275th anniversary by opening its doors to a newly designed exhibition gallery.
The goal was to transform the existing 67,000 sq ft gallery space into a 90,000 sq ft museum-quality space, including the formation of new gallery spaces and 40,000 sq ft of new office space and property storage. The project involved extensive structural alterations to form double height gallery spaces, a state of the art digital signage package and replacement of all passenger and freight elevator cars. All work was carried out in an occupied building, phased around Sotheby’s key exhibitions and shows.
Scheduled to open in 2023, the V&A East project will see the creation of a new collection and research centre at Here East and a brand new museum at Stratford Waterfront.
The new collection and research centre will house 250,000 objects and an additional 917 archives while the new five storey museum will showcase collections alongside new commissions and installations. A unique partnership with the Smithsonian Institution will deliver an innovative programme of exhibitions and gallery displays.
One of the projects of the V&A’s FuturePlan, the new V&A Photography Centre now allows the museum to display its world-renowned photography collection alongside more negatives, cameras and archive material than ever before.
Designed by David Kohn Architects, the refurbished Grade II Listed galleries feature a multi-media projection space inspired by the 19th Century photographers’ darkrooms alongside a digital wall showcasing the most cutting-edge imagery.
The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green is to undergo a transformation to become a “creative catalyst for the future”, placing “design firmly at the heart of young people”. Architect de Matos Ryan has submitted a planning application for internal and external modifications including a spiral Kaleidoscope stair.
Adam Glover took over the role of Managing Partner in January 2019. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about him and his plans for the future.
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From a project perspective, it would have to be delivering the European Headquarters for what was then Merrill Lynch (now part of Bank of America) in the City of London. We bought a site, gained planning consent to demolish a Listed building and replaced it with a 1 million sq ft headquarters building.
It was a fantastic learning experience assembling the brief, finding and purchasing the site, a 26 week archaeological dig, moving a major road junction to allow the footprint of a bombed Wren church to be reinstated, building over a complex series of underground rail and communications tunnels, retained facades, close liaison with English Heritage and the Museum of London to protect a number of scheduled ancient monuments and Listed buildings in and around the site, rights of light, St Paul’s viewing corridor, complex neighbour issues with a hospital next door, and the construction of what were then the two largest trading floors in Europe …….it had everything! It is scary to think that I was leading that project at the age of 27.
From a business perspective, I am not sure it gets any better than my current role as Managing Partner. To be given the opportunity with others to steer G&T through its next stage of evolution and development is tremendously exciting.
From a sports and social perspective, I have made some great friends through the industry but playing football for G&T in the Property Week Cup Final at Fulham Football Club’s Craven Cottage stands out. I won’t mention the score other than to say that we suffered a heavy defeat and disappointingly, as the centre forward, my goal scoring touch eluded me. I was substituted after 65 minutes, only to see my replacement (a young Portuguese forward who ran our copy room at the time and claimed to have once trialled with Benfica) score our only goal. I would like to think that had Sky Sports been present then my contribution for the greater good of the team in running around and tiring out the opposition’s defence would have been recognised by the expert pundits and would have led me to being a contender for man of the match.
I am enormously proud of the firm and of what the firm has achieved in its 180+ years of existence and that provides us with a great platform. Expectations and aspirations for G&T are high and I am very excited about the future.
“My ultimate goal as Managing Partner is to create the right environment for everyone to thrive and to see that the current generation of partners hand over a stronger business than the one they inherited to the next generation of partners.”
It is vital as it is one of the things that allows us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors. Putting clients first, valuing long term relationships, being trustworthy and reliable, maintaining high ethical standards, promoting a meritocracy, being the best we can be and having fun along the way all help to make G&T what it is today.
I was fortunate in the early stages of my career that I was given some fantastic opportunities in terms of projects and networking and that certainly helped to accelerate my career path. The scale of the business today means that it is a challenge to deliver those types of opportunities to everyone.
The Next Generation programme gives us a framework to at least attempt to deliver those opportunities to everyone and by partnering with The London Real Estate Forum, New London Architecture and The City Property Association we have been able to connect our people to a much larger and diverse group of young people involved in the built environment than we would otherwise have been able to do.
“We have no product to sell, we are a people business and therefore if we can accelerate our younger talent’s learning and networking opportunities then that should give all of our people the opportunity to accelerate their careers and that should ultimately translate into a successful future for G&T.”
G&T’s NextGen programme has grown extensively since 2014 and is committed to supporting the next generation of up and coming built environment professionals.
A significant part of the programme is focussed on collaboration and building strong connections across the industry. Our partnerships with other organisations and NextGen initiatives are a vital part of developing these connections and helping to bring people together – creating platforms and opportunities for discussion and new ideas.
The London Real Estate Forum (LREF) brings together real estate professionals from across the built environment to showcase exciting developments happening in and around the Capital over a two day conference.
Our collaboration on LREF’s NextGen initiative continues into its fifth year in 2019 connecting to the conference theme ‘People not Property’.
A change in venue and increased programme of activities promises new opportunities and the chance for the NextGen to discuss some of the industry’s hottest new developments at this year’s event.
New London Architecture (NLA) brings together built environment professionals, politicians and the public, allowing them to meet, learn and debate the future shape of London. Its NextGen programme started back in 2016 and the network now includes over 300 members.
G&T has been programme champion of the initiative since it began, with a diverse mix of events and activities including speed mentoring evenings with senior professionals, Pecha Kucha presentations and networking events. We are proud to have been part of its development - bringing people together to debate key industry challenges and hot topics.
Representing major owners, developers, occupiers, investors and advisors to real estate in the City of London, the City Property Association (CPA) launched its NextGen initiative last summer - aimed at supporting and engaging the next generation of industry leaders.
G&T is proud to be the CPA’s NextGen champion for 2019 and helping to grow the initiative to an exciting programme of thought leadership activities and policy engagement. Being the CPA’s NextGen champion increases the number of opportunities available to connect the next generation to likeminded professionals looking to build their networks, grow their skills and develop new ideas.
Over the years we have worked on many exciting and sometimes challenging projects – from the new indoor cricket school to the multi-award winning media centre to the current redevelopment masterplan.
Services provided over the years on these projects include:
Project Management, Cost Management, Construction Management, Construction & Property Tax Advice and Principal Designer & CDM Consultancy.
Swipe along to see our timeline of work at Lord's
The Grand Stand 1995-1998
Demolition of the 1926 Herbert Baker designed stand and replacement with the 6,200 seat Grand Stand building designed by Grimshaw Architects.
Media Centre – 1995-1999 and 2015-2017
Stirling Prize winning Media Centre situated above and between the Compton and Edrich stands, behind the bowler’s arm, providing the best view of play from a broadcasting and journalism perspective. The building has recently undergone a £5m internal refurbishment and remodelling.
Compton Stand Scoreboard – 1997-1998
Removal of the scoreboard from the old Grand Stand design and positioning above and behind the Compton Stand. Sitting aloft a 15m mast, the scoreboard was 11m wide by 6.4m high and weighed in excess of seven tonnes.
The Allen Stand – 1997-1998
Removal of the existing roof, installation of a scoreboard almost identical to the Compton Stand board and construction of a new roof around the new scoreboard.
The Members’ Pavilion – 2002-2005
£8m refurbishment of the Grade II* Listed Pavilion together with construction of a new roof terrace which took place over two closed seasons.
Digital Scoreboards – 2007-2008
Three new screens installed to replace the outdated light-bulb technology, with two utilising existing structures and the third on a new mast. New software was also developed exclusively for use at Lord’s.
Floodlights – 2008-2009
Four retractable floodlights were installed and commissioned in time for the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup Tournament.
ECB Office Extension – 2016-2017
£1m third floor extension to the two storey ECB headquarters, achieved by installing a semi-permanent structure on top of the existing building. Installed in early 2017 to accommodate ECB staff running the Women’s World Cup and the 2019 Men’s World Cup.
Second phase of the Masterplan will see the demolition and replacement of the existing Compton and Edrich stands either side of the Lord’s Media Centre at the Nursery End of the Ground.
Phase 1 of the Lord’s Masterplan. £25m redevelopment providing a modest increase in seating capacity but a significant increase in the quality of viewing standards.
Major part of the MCC’s Ground Development Masterplan which will see the replacement of the existing Tavern and Allen stands with a significantly larger, single new stand incorporating approximately 1,000 additional seats along with hospitality and retail facilities.
G&T Inc. relocated its Los Angeles office at the end of 2018 from Beverly Hills to Downtown. Built in the 1920s, ROW DTLA at 767 S. Alameda Street features some of the most beautiful architectural details in LA and offers flexible, creative office space over six floors along with a fitness centre and rooftop garden.
“We are very corporate and being at ROW DTLA has shifted our culture to be a little more adventurous and out of the ordinary - helps us to be less corporate and more creative. We are happy to be at the ROW, we really enjoy being here.”
Andrew Demming, Senior Director
G&T was the first founding member of The Stone Circle, a corporate fundraising initiative launched by English Heritage to raise vital funds to help protect England’s built environment heritage.
English Heritage is custodian of over 400 historic sites which tell the story of England from pre-history through to the Cold War. In 1986 the charity took over management of Osborne on the Isle of Wight – the seaside home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert - to undertake repairs, redecoration and re-presentation before opening to the public in 1989.
This May, English Heritage is celebrating the bicentenary of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s births with the launch of a new exhibition and trail at Osborne. Born in May and August 1819 respectively, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert celebrated their birthdays at Osborne whenever possible and often gave each other widely extravagant gifts! Some of these gifts will be showcased in the exhibition.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought the Osborne estate in 1845 and built a new mansion as an escape from court life in London and Windsor.
The Italianate design of the house, in which Albert was closely involved, became known as ‘the Osborne style’ and was imitated throughout the British Empire. The house and estate, especially The Royal Collection, reflect the passions, tastes and styles of the influential royal couple as they ruled over the vast British Empire.
The royal family took delight in their seaside home and spent as much time as possible there including when celebrating many special occasions, especially Victoria and Albert’s birthdays. ‘It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot,’ said Queen Victoria of their palatial holiday home.
You can visit Osborne this summer to see it in person and celebrate this important bicentenary with English Heritage. Click here to visit their website
The tides have turned. Congratulations to the Overs for taking home the silverware in this year’s G&T Unders vs Overs football match. The game finished 2-1 with goals from Ed Critchley for the Unders and one each for Michael Tilley and David Mosley for the Overs.
The Unders took the lead with a bullet header from a corner by Ed Critchley. However, a few minutes before half time the Overs struck back with a classic Sunday league-esque free for all in the box, with the ball ricocheting into the back of the net bringing the game back on level terms.
As the second half played out the Overs’ experience started to show. The game pressed into the final 15 minutes with the score still tied, until a free kick found Michael Tilley who neatly converted.
One of the key events in G&T’s sports & social calendar is the annual HQ interfloor netball tournament with employees taking to the court to battle it out for the champion’s trophy.
This year Floor 4 again took home the winners’ medals, successfully defending their title for another year. The final rankings saw Floor 3 taking 2nd place, Floor 5 securing 3rd and Floor 1 taking 4th.
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