Wednesday 25th October was the UCL Construction & Property Society's second outing of the year. This time we were invited by Reactive Integrated Services (RIS) for a tour of their flagship project, the redevelopment of 1 Canon Row.
The former Canon Row Police Station had the most prestigious role within the Metropolitan Police with responsibilities for the Royal Family policing Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, St James’ Palace and 10 Downing St. Much of the exterior of the building is unaltered since it was built in 1898-1902 and is grade II* listed as is within the Whitehall Conservation Area.
The tour began with a full security check, as the redevelopment is a part of a high-profile government building. We were given a tour of the 5-floor redevelopment and were given an insight into what makes this project unique and different such as the logistical issues of working on a grade II listed building. They explained the difficulties of working on a restricted site and with one wing of the redevelopment being adjacent to the office of Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn. The finished building was to become MPs offices with the two top floors set to become political broadcasting suites.
We had the opportunity to also meet apprentices from Willmott Dixon who have been a part of the project team based at 1 Canon Row and were told about work experience opportunities at the firm.
As always, the site visit ended with a trip to the local pub.
Thanks again to Tim Nelhams from RIS for inviting us and the team from Willmott Dixon for a great site visit.
Be sure to check out our next site visit with Argent to the Gasholders in Kings Cross on the 1st November.