Infrastructure Gateway were engaged in 2010 by Barratt Homes North London to assist them in the purchase and future development of the former RAF Barracks at RAF Bentley Priory.
The site is of significant historical interest due to its links to Winston Churchill and the Battle of Britain and therefore its development has been under the intense scrutiny of the local councils and residents as well as some national press.
The former barracks were made up of a number of old barrack blocks and supporting buildings all surrounding the main mansion Priory building. Due to its Grade 2 listing the mansion was not to be demolished but tenderly restored and transformed into a museum dedicated to the Battle of Britain and limited residential dwellings by another developer City and Country.
Infrastructure Gateways involvement started with a survey of the existing RAF site and advising Barratt Homes on getting the site ready for its future development. This involved liaison with the various utility companies that served the site and intrusive investigations into the extensive private networks onsite utilised to distribute HV and LV power, gas, water and telecoms to all the individual buildings. The disconnections process was a complex and strategic task, due to the on-going restoration of the Museum, services had to remain live throughout the demolition of the surrounding buildings.
Infrastructure Gateway undertook numerous water disconnections and engaged and instructed specialist partners to undertake the electrical, gas and telecoms decommissioning.
Whilst the disconnection works were progressing Infrastructure Gateway were liaising with Barratt Homes, City and Country and their consultants developing a supply strategy for the new development. Once a strategy was agreed applications were submitted for the new supplies to the relevant utility undertakers for the new dwellings and the refurbished Priory and surrounding apartments.
Once quotations for new supplies were received Infrastructure Gateway undertook a review process to ensure that the most economical solution was chosen for acceptance.
During the construction phase Infrastructure Gateway were engaged to supply an integrated groundworks package to ensure the installation of the utilities was as structured and coordinated as possible. The management and trenching work undertaken by Infrastructure Gateway allowed the works to progress in line with the demanding programme for all developers.
Once the main utilities were installed Infrastructure Gateway continued their hands on management of the project coordinating the service connections to the new dwellings and undertaking the water service connections on a self-lay basis to provide assurance that the services ran to programme.
Following the first phase of installation works Barratt Homes put the site forward in 2012 for the NHBC Pride in the Job awards in which the site won the prestigious national award for large housebuilders.
Works continue today in the same vein with a small amount of mains installation and numerous services remaining to complete the works package.