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Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London

14 October 2021

3DReid complete Grainger’s Apex Gardens In North London

Location: Apex Gardens, Seven Sisters, Haringey, North East London, England, UK

Architect: 3DReid ; Design Architect / Concept Guardians: John McAslan + Partners

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London
photograph : Robert Waters

Apex Gardens Apartments in Haringey

14th of October 2021 – Grainger has completed its latest build to rent scheme in Seven Sisters, North London. 3DReid were delighted to develop the design, vary the planning approval and deliver the project with the contractor; Ant Yapi.

The scheme provides 163 high quality rental homes, a range of resident amenities and flexible commercial space.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London
photograph : Robert Waters

Following Planning approval, 3DReid performed a design audit for Grainger and were subsequently appointed to develop both the revised planning submission and the tender design.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, London Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London
photos : Grainger

The initial design audit added value through:

• removal of the basement area
• reduction of the overall building height
• improving plan efficiencies with regards layout & servicing
• reducing the plan size for all buildings
• revisiting the delivery of the facade.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey courtyard
photo : Grainger

3DReid were novated and generated further value by exploring a number of different façade systems including:

• traditional hand set bricks
• brick slip systems
• precast concrete with brick slips
• GRC with brick slips

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey dining room
photo : Grainger

The scheme was ultimately delivered using an Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) precast panel (100mm thick) with brick slips, in comparison to a standard panel which is over 30% thicker. This ensured that whole floors were complete and weather tight following the window installation very quickly, improving the overall programme, as well as the façade depth, detail and building weight.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey apartments Apex Gardens Haringey brick prefab panels
photographs : 3DReid

BIM has been used extensively on Apex Gardens to coordinate with the wider team. In addition, the model has been shared with suppliers including the structural façade brick panels (Thorp Precast).

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London
photo : Robert Waters

The contractor and consultant team have used Revitzo to interrogate and comment in 4D, although 3DReid also use NavisWorks widely for clash resolution and co-ordination.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey apartments lounge
photograph : Grainger

By working closely with the panel supplier and main contractor in a 4D environment, we have enabled the ease of adoption of design changes to the project.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey roof terrace
photograph : Grainger

Following the tragic events at Grenfell, the main envelope insulation was amended to Rockwool, resulting in an increased wall depth to achieve the same thermal performance. Working closely with Thorp Precast we devised a thinner wall solution and changed the building’s design to suit this new approach, assisting the contractor to incorporate a new system they had not previously adopted, all without the need to go back into planning, saving the client expense and the contractor programme delays.

As the scheme is designed as Build to Rent, the resulting BIM model will be released at completion for the client to adopt and integrate into their O&M manual, with all building fabric data retained within the model, assisting with repair and maintenance strategies and reordering of components and fittings as required.

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey plan
photograph : 3DReid

Apex Gardens Homes in Haringey – Building Information

Programme: 163 new homes in a mix of tenures including 39% affordable housing, with commercial and ancillary use spaces at ground and mezzanine level

Architect: 3DReid
Client: Grainger
Contractor: Ant Yapi UK
Design Architect / Concept Guardians: John McAslan + Partners

Project Managers: Arcadis
Structural Engineer: Alan Baxter
Building Services Engineer: Hoare Lea & Partners
MEP Consultants: The Kut Partnership, Saina
Planning Consultant: DP9, Gerald Eve
Landscape Architect: Exterior Architecture
Principal Designer, CDM Advisor: ORSA Projects, Cundall
Acoustic Consultants: Clement Acoustics
Cost Consultants: Core Five

Planning Authority: London Borough of Haringey
Building Control: Approved Inspector Services
Façade Precast Panels: Thorp Precast Ltd
Windows, Doors and Curtain Walls Manufacturer: Archiclad

Photography Credit: 3DReid, Robert Waters or Grainger

Apex Gardens Seven Sisters, Haringey, North London
photo : Robert Waters

Apex architects: 3DReid / John McAslan + Partners

The project has been shortlisted for the Haringey Design Awards 2021 in the category of Excellent Homeswith the awards night hosted at Alexandra Palace on Tuesday 19th October.

Apex Gardens Haringey, London images / information received 141021 from 3DReid Architects

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