The Tower recladding, Highbury College

Client name:
Highbury College

Employer's Agent, Cost Consultant, Principal Designer, Clerk of Works


The Tower at Highbury college is a mixed used building comprising of a nursery, education facilities and student accommodation. We were appointed as multi-disciplinary consultants to provide the Employer’s Agent role, cost manage, manage H&S alongside our sister company ECD Architects providing the design services. Our role was to review the existing building and propose design solutions to safely remove all combustible cladding materials from the façade and replace with a compliant system.

During our investigations it transpired that the windows did not meet current thermal requirements and would need to be replaced alongside the façade system. This opened-up the opportunity for redesigning the tower. The clients brief was to simplify the building whilst making it a focal point of the college campus and the surrounding area. After exploring a few options, we settled on a design within which the cladding fades from blue at the bottom through to white at the top. This makes the building feel less dominating in the local area, but also makes a feature of it from the dual carriageway adjacent to the site.

As part of the stage 4 information, a programme was drawn up to allow the building to remain in use throughout the works on site and Keegans Clerk of Works and Principal Designer ensured the safety through out. The impact of this was to revise the details to allow for new windows to be installed in front of the existing ones and then removed from the inside, this kept the building weathertight throughout the build.

The role of our BIM Consultant on the project was to assist in developing the clients BIM information requirements and to ensure the smooth flow of information through the common data environment between all parties.

We deployed effective project management so that the works had sufficient resources allocated and the Project Quality Plan, drawn up in collaboration with the client and all key stakeholders was task orientated, with achievable goals and targets.

Our Quantity Surveyors provided a full service including Stage 2 Order of Cost estimate and benchmarking, Stage 3 Cost Plan, input into the funding application from the Department of Education, Soft Market Testing before choosing frameworks, undertaking valuations during the construction stage including providing cost advice and financial monitoring and agreement of the final account.

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