Generator Hostel, London
This refurbishment took place on a floor by floor basis with the existing hostel remaining in full use throughout the process. DBK provided a range of services including project management, employer’s agent, building surveyor and principal designer services.
We were instructed to undertake a complete and extensive survey of all flat roof areas to identify defects and recommended repairs. Originally constructed as a hostel for the metropolitan police, the building has been extensively upgraded to meet the new Generator brand as a destination for international young travellers, with the added provision of extensive amenities to the ground floor.
The works included the infilling of light wells to form new WC facilities and retail space. The ground floor designs are contemporary and vary significantly in style between the reception, bar, restaurant, café, social space and auditorium.
The refurbishment included extensive replacement of M&E systems, installed in parallel to keep existing systems running as the hostel remained 80% occupied throughout the entire works.
It is also a site with very restricted access as well as noise restrictions; together these requirements mandated a carefully managed construction delivery plan approved by Camden Local Authority.
RPS acquired DBK in April 2016.