Kensington High Street – Urban Construction Environmental Management
Case study

Kensington High Street – Urban Construction Environmental Management

For this project, the Client proposed to redevelop a section of Kensington High Street to accommodate residential upper floors with an improved ground floor retail space and a gym basement. The building was located within the Edwardes Square, Scarsdale and Abingdon Conservation Area and was associated with a 1924 Art Deco style frontage which was to be retained throughout the demolition and rebuild of the building core.

Transport Planning
Infrastructure Design
Environmental Assessment


The Challenge Posed by the Code of Construction Practice

The Client required a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) to comply with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Code of Construction Practice. This Code required an initial ‘Assessment of Site Character’ which included a review of the scale and nature of the project, site activities and plant, project duration and number, sensitivity and proximity of premises as well as existing noise levels. This required a detailed review of site information pertaining to matters such as contamination, site geology, hydrology, ecology and archaeology. In addition, it was also the case that due to the restricted nature of the site access, it would be necessary to agree a method of site access for construction plant and deliveries with Transport for London (TfL), which was safe and non-restrictive to adjacent site users.


The Outcome Enabled by our CEMP

We were able to seek out and bring together all of the relevant, preceding site studies to produce a coherent Construction Environmental Management Plan. This enabled the correct categorisation of the site and the need for pre-commencement mitigations without the need for further studies. The means of access and need for parking suspensions and highway licenses were all identified and subsequently agreed with TfL enabling the re-development to proceed.

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