Collins to refurbish Belgravia UK’s historic ice factory

WCN Editorial Team 16 Apr 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Croydon-based Collins Construction is working with two London-based firms, property developer Grosvenor and architecture studio Buckley Gray Yeoman, to refurbish 27 Eccleston Place, in the district of Belgravia, London, the UK.

The said property for refurbishment, located in the heart of Belgravia, was once an ice factory warehouse built in 1830 for Shingleton’s Ice Company and has been in use as a coachworks warehouse and later as a car service centre.

Collins and its collaborators are planning to transform the building into a modern mixed-use destination, which will provide better space for the local community of Eccleston Yards.

Possessing a space of 30,000ft2, which includes four floors, the soon to be renovated ice factory will be providing retail and office space along with a rooftop restaurant.

Collins is also planning to merge heritage with modern workspace by restoring the building’s historic elements of commerce established in the early 1800s.

The building will be called ‘Ice Factory’ in homage of its origins.

With the original fabric of the building retained, two more floors will be added with the team already completing the removal of the roof ready for the new structure to be built.

Most of the existing façade such as existing stock brickwork, an exposed steel structure and arched windows will also be retained.

Located within a conservation area, the ice factory is very close to rows of Grade II-listed Regency and Victorian houses, and also has the London Underground just two metres below ground level.

One of Grosvenor’s key sustainability requirements are being achieved through cement-free concrete and donations to Trees for Life to offset the carbon emissions from the project. The project is also aiming to achieve BREEAM Excellent certification.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2022.

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The building will be called ‘Ice Factory’ in homage of its origins. Credit: Javier Quiroga/Unsplash.

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