Karen Thatcher Associates - Architects, London and Kent

Architecture - Building Audit - Detail Design - Party Wall Surveys - Planning Supervision - Project Management

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Haywards Heath, Mid Sussex:  Out to Tender April 2010

1980’s 7 Storey Office Block - Refurbishment and maintenance project for compliance with Disability Discrimination Act, upgrading of Common areas and Lifts, Dilapidation works and upgrading of building services and thermal Insulation. The building is half tenanted and is in use 7 days/week.  The works include – re- roofing over occupied floors, upgrading toilets in daily use, re-design of the reception area, upgrading and refurbishment of the lift replacement of controls and interiors, maintenance to three fire escape staircases. Replacement of defective double glazed units in occupied and un-occupied floors, Replacement of Boilers, Plant Control and Energy saving devices for heating, cooling, lighting and water.

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Sunlight Projects Ltd: Tower Bridge Road. London SE1.

KTA assisted designers Arcitectus in providing detailed design of internal residential flat layouts and detailed design and co-ordination of the roof, external stone and glazed cladding and balcony works packages, including Building Regulations and Section 20 approvals for 150,000 sqft mixed commercial and residential development. 

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Heathrow Sofitel Hotel  Terminal 5. – Allard & Fils. 
Karen Thatcher advised Allard & Fils a Belgium sub contractor on their Health & Safety plan and methodology for the work sequences for the proposed stone cladding and acoustic glazing of the new Sofitel Hotel linked to Terminal 5.
The plan had to encompass off site manufacture in Belgium, quality control and testing, delivery and site erection on a very restricted site, with Laing O’Rourke as Principal Contractor.

Welsh National Assembly Building: Cardiff: - Allard & Fils
Karen Thatcher advised Allard & Fils a Belgium sub contractor on their Health & Safety Plan and methodology for the work sequences for the proposed external hard landscaping packages to roadways and pedestrian areas for the complex, also assisting in writing Health & Safety Plans and methods statements for main contractor approval.

Hillingdon Borough Football Club: Ruislip.

KTA are Architects and CDM Coordinators for the proposed £1.5m extension and refurbishment of existing club and provision of improved facilities to FA design standards. The all weather pitch was built and is operational, the clubhouse has been refurbished, but the extension is on hold pending funding since 2008.

Garrard Co Ltd: 2001 – 2002.

KTA were the Architects, Planning Supervisors, Party Wall Surveyors and Contract Administrators for the £2.2m building refurbishment and new £1.8m retail fit out for the new Garrard flagship store in Albemarle Street, London W1.

Repairs were made to the existing roof, new lift motor room above roof level, cleaning and restoration of stone façades, sash windows restored.

New  bespoke Powder Coated Stainless Steel doors and display windows. New rear staff security entrance

Back of house areas were completely refurbished, fitted out with purpose built furniture and fittings plus specialist Silver and Clock workshops,

All existing services were replaced new power supply added to boost the existing to the building and comfort cooling installed to all areas.

The retail design concept was by Waldo Works. KTA co-ordinated the shopfitting with Waldo Works and Benbow Interiors, detail design to integrate ventilation, lighting and security.

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Friskies Petcare UK Ltd,(now Purina) completed March 2001.

European headquarters in New Malden: KTA acted as Architects Interior Designers and Project Co-ordinators.

The refurbishment was to top 4 floors of an occupied  8 storey building that required decanting on a floor by floor basis upgrading electrical supplies, fire detection, installation of new heating and ventilation system, data wiring and staff facilities to each floor. The top floor had staff kitchen, restaurant, shop, and computer suite.
The ground and first floor reception areas were also refurbished and fitted out in a second stage contract.

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Cardinal Tower, Farringdon Road London EC4

Refurbishment of 8 Storey 1960’s Tower Block for Cardinal Lysander. KTA worked with Arcitectus designers providing Contract Administration. CDM Co-ordination and Co-ordination of M&E Services for the refurbishment of a Section 20 120,000 sq ft of office space. The project included upgrading all existing services installation of new lifts provision of new heating and cooling and ventilation systems. New plumbing and toilet facilities throughout.  Works to the basement car park area and maintenance of Ground floor retail units through out the project. External cleaning and cladding repairs with aprt of the building adjacent to the Brighton – Luton,  Citylink train lines.

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