Contract Name: Ashmole Estate
Contract Value: £20 million (Phase 1)
Architect: BPTW
Client: Metropolitan

The Ashmole Estate, located opposite The Oval cricket ground in the London Borough of Lambeth, has received a major refurbishment.

Rydon initially secured the contract to undertake works to Phase 1 of the project, comprising properties from one 22-storey tower block and numerous other multi-storey housing, sheltered accommodation and community buildings across this large estate.

Following the successful delivery of this phase Rydon was also awarded Phase 2. 

Phase 1 involved the complete replacement of the existing district heating systems, which fed the tower blocks, terraced houses and the sheltered blocks. This entailed the installation of a completely new system and new combination boilers to each house.

It also included extensive external envelope repairs to all blocks, with new windows and doors, video door entry systems, insulated render and new roofing along with internal refurbishment of all tenanted properties, including rewiring, new heating and hot water systems, new kitchens and bathrooms.

The final stage of Phase 1 was an extensive re-landscaping of all communal areas of the estate, involving major demolition of disused submerged garage areas that had caused security issues.

Phase 2 involved envelope repairs and internal refurbishment to four blocks and a terrace of houses. Externally, it involved the replacement of windows and doors, video door entry systems, insulated render and new roofing to 280 properties. 

Internally, rewiring, new heating and hot water systems, kitchens and new bathrooms was provided to 206 tenanted properties. The final stage saw an extensive re-landscaping of all communal areas of the estate.

A highly successful employment scheme for local people ran throughout the scheme, providing training and support for local people on or near the estate. The 14-week intensive course, funded entirely by Rydon and Metropolitan, secured full-time employment for around 20 people. Its excellent conversion rate of trainees into full-time employment resulted in the programme winning a Construction News Award for Training Excellence.

During the project, Rydon worked with the resident-run Ashmole Major Works Group Board and the client, Metropolitan, on an ongoing consultation and communication process. This included regular drop-in sessions and forums to communicate the programme and the works being undertaken.