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Wick Tower, Powis Street


Wick Tower is a former Co-operative department store that lay derelict for 20 years. As a local icon, we were appointed to give the building a new lease of life and reinvigorate the surrounding area.

The Brief

We were originally approached by the developer once they had procured the site with full planning approval and an extensive list of pre-commencement conditions.

The project included the redevelopment of the existing five storey building and basement. Along with this, there was an additional three storey extension on top of the building, with duplexes and a stepped terraced facade.

In the various technical requirements for the project, high levels of sustainable targets were set by the local planning authority, meaning the use of ecological materials and equipment was vital.

Our Solution

We worked closely with Laxcon Development, KUT Partnership and Knapp Hicks, along with the client, other consultants and the local planning department to discharge the 30+ conditions. Every condition required a number of highly technical and integrated design elements from the start.

The development is centrally located with fast links into the city. It created 73, one and two bedroom apartments with views over the Thames estuary.

The project actually achieved in excess of the carbon emissions reduction requirement, stipulated by the Mayor’s ‘London Plan’. This was done through the incorporation of 53 PV cells, a bio-diverse roof, CHP plant and the inclusion of MVHR.

A few additional requirements that we achieved included:

  • Lifetime Homes Compliant
  • Secure By Design Accredited
  • BREEAM Domestic Refurb: Excellent
  • Code for Sustainable Home Level 4
  • BREEAM Retail: Very Good
Lawray has been a partner of the Corporation of the Church House for over 20 years and in that time has been heavily involved in several large refurbishment projects. The team’s knowledge and skills have proved invaluable in the areas of design, planning and project administration. When redeveloping a listed property, Lawray have ensured that they treat the architecture with sympathy whilst producing space that is effective for modern day requirements. Lawray continues to work closely with our in-house team on forthcoming projects and we would have no hesitation in recommending their work to others.

Mr Ian Bessant, Facilities Manager

The Corporation of Church House (Aug 2013)