Ronald Hening showed what he was capable of on this regeneration project, with a zero-defects, on-time and on-budget handover on his first scheme for a new employer. His introduction of a demountable facade for the community hall, allowing any systems for an event to be brought inside, was an undoubted value-add. And his dedication, engineering flair and problem-solving were constantly in evidence on an unusual short-life scheme.
About the Project
Hackney Bridge, London
Regeneration of 6,100sqm site as temporary artist studios, business premises and community event space, completed in 40 weeks.
Contract: JCT 2016, design and build
Recruited by the contractor a week before site possession and with most works packages already assigned, Ronald Hening showed what he was capable of on this regeneration project, with a zero-defects, on-time and on-budget handover.
When the polycarbonate facade detailing on one of the elevations failed to meet the design expectation, Ronald pulled back the angle on the elevation to avoid overlapping of the secondary steel and the requirement for an extra gutter. The client team and architect embraced his proposal with enthusiasm.
Ronald’s replacement of timber joists with steel for the flooring support offered the client a capital expenditure saving, bettered the programme and delivered a longer-life product. He introduced a demountable facade for the event hall, allowing an incoming tenant to easily remove (and subsequently reinstall) the wall to bring inside the unit any equipment or systems required for an event.
In building this series of warehouse blocks around a central courtyard, to be temporarily used as workspaces and studios before being converted to housing, his dedication, engineering flair and problem-solving were key.