46 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford – Serviced Apartments

Project Overview:

PSP were appointed by Bluesky Sustainable Developments LLP to provide full quantity surveying services on a project to refurbish 46 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford into a deluxe collection of six serviced living-space apartments. The building is located on the corner of Hythe Bridge Street and Upper Fisher Row and is therefore positioned on a prominent site close to the city centre. Winner of an Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2017.

The Design:

The building was stripped out entirely and new foundations installed with specialist piles adjacent to existing party walls. New structural floors were added as part of major acoustic improvements to the building. The facing brick facade was repointed and repaired and stone cills and heads renovated. Triple-glazed windows were installed to minimise noise intrusion from the busy streets below. Bespoke fixtures and finishes are installed together with air-conditioning units, LED lighting and data connections.

Construction Characteristics:

The building is on a busy pedestrian and traffic thoroughfare adjacent to the city centre making access and deliveries a complex procedure.

• 40 specialist screw piles and ground beams with underpinning adjacent existing party walls
• New roof structure and coverings
• Steel beams and structural joists forming upper floors
• U-value enhancements to existing solid brick external walls
• Repointing to facing brick facades, cleaning to stone cills and heads
• Fully tiled wet room bathrooms
• Bespoke lighting systems
• High quality kitchen and bathroom fittings

Procurement Process:

The project was procured under two separate contracts, one for the enabling structural ground improvements and the other for the main refurbishment and fit-out works. Both were tendered on a JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2011 with Contractor’s Design elements.

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