BJF Group has secured the circa £3.6m design and construction of a mixed-use development project located in Sutton High Street, London for the Thames Development Group. The project will see us turn a currently derelict building into a new community asset.

The site is the former home of the Station Hotel and dates back to 1896. It has changed use through the years, most recently to a night club. The new development aims to maintain the heritage of the building and the surrounding area, whilst providing a new lease of life to the dilapidated structure.

The project has started on site and the works will include the retention and restoration of the façade through a complex supporting system as maintaining the existing street scene is considered essential by the conservation officer in order to retain the aesthetic of the street. The remainder of the existing building will be demolished to make way for a new concrete frame that will allow the retained façade to be tied in to the new structure as works progress.

Another complex element of this project is the proximity to both Network Rail and Transport for London (TFL) assets and a busy high street. Close liaison between the BJF Group team and the rail network operator will be essential throughout. Not only that, there is also a build over agreement in place with Thames Water which stipulates that usage of the drainage system beneath the build must be maintained throughout.

The 1,500 sqm scheme will provide a retail unit on the ground floor which has been let and will trade as a ‘Local’ convenience store and 10 spacious two-bedroom apartments with a development value in excess of £7.0m. The apartments will also incorporate a communal rooftop garden that will provide views across London. The homes will be finished to a very high standard and will be for sale when completed.

BJF Group have been working with the Client’s team at MEA Consultants to obtain planning permission for the scheme.  The relationship between MEA and BJF has developed over several years and continues with the delivery of this project.

Simon Fruchter of Thames Development Group said:

“I‘m delighted that we have finally been able to commence this development, which will revitalize the area opposite the railway station, whilst also providing much needed employment.”