Drill Hall, Whitechapel


Customer: Investre Ltd

Value: £5m

Start date: July 2019

Overview: Refurbishment, extension and conversion of two buildings within the Stepney Green Conservation Area, creating seven residential units, a café and a four storey office.

Claritas is set to convert Drill Hill and its ‘Gatehouse’ building into office and residential units, in the heart of Stepney Green on Mile End Road. A former military drill hall, the site is steeped in history and within a conservation area, requiring careful refurbishment.

Originally two storeys, Drill Hall will become a four-floor office, with new lower and upper mezzanine levels. The existing main roof has been raised to accommodate a second floor, whilst retaining the first floor. Adding a fourth floor, the covered ‘Gatehouse’ building will contain seven new residential units, a ground floor café and communal space.

Given 19 party wall agreements, collaboration amongst local stakeholders is essential to Drill Hall’s success, with their direct input paramount to the construction phase plan and risk mitigation strategy.

Images courtesy of: HUT Architecture

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