Our Recent Projects

Shurgard Woolwich

Our first self-storage project for Shurgard UK involved the construction of a new £11 million, self-storage facility in London. The proposed works were to provide a purpose built self-storage facility [circa 10,900m²] at Nathan Way, Woolwich.

There were the inevitable challenges that can accompany construction in London and Woolwich was no exception, before we broke ground there was evidence of a single mammal hole, which if occupied by a badger would have delayed the project by a minimum of 4 months, luckily after a week of time lapse imagery it turned out to be an abandoned sett.

The next minor test was piling directly above the multi £billion cross rail tunnel project. The 2 tunnels were only 19m below FFL and the substructure was made up of a band of peat overlying river terrace gravels and Thanet sands. Due to the poor ground conditions the piling design was changed from CFA to Continuous Helical Displacement (CHD), this allowed the designers to reduce the number of piles from 1,388 to 348 and also ensure there were minimal risings being produced that would have to be removed from the site.

The proposed works comprised the construction of a ground + 3 storey steel framed building with composite clad roof and walls. The internal fit out included; 3 passenger/goods lifts serving 3 mezzanine floors and over 1250 storage units with associated M&E services. The external works included; secure access control, car parking facilities and landscaped areas.

The project took 36 weeks to complete utilising a total of 471 personnel on site. The scope of works included:
  • Sub-structure works, including reduced level dig, drainage.
  • Piling
  • RC slabs
  • Steel frame erection
  • Cladding & Roof
  • Blockwork
  • Curtain walling and feature glazing
  • Partitioning
  • Lift installation
  • Electrical & Mechanical installation
  • Fit out
  • Commissioning

Also, worthy of note is that the building received the Extraordinary Achievement Award from FEDESSA

Shurgard Romford

Due to our strong performance delivering their Woolwich store, Shurgard UK engaged with us to manage the construction of their £6.3 million Romford Self Storage facility. The proposed works were to provide Shurgard UK with a purpose built self-storage facility [circa 10,150m²] at 3 Rush Green Road, Romford, on a site formally used as a builders merchants.
The existing site contained a number of low level buildings varying in construction, requiring demolition and removal including the breaking up of the existing slab, to be carried out by a specialist demolition contractor.

The proposed works comprised the construction of a ground + 4 storey steel framed building with upper floor mansards, a two-storey under croft allowing access with associated services, landscaping and car parking.

The shop and front of house facilities addressed Rush Green Road offering a commercial elevation to the street. In addition to the proposed facility, the agreed scope of works included the betterment of the existing access to Grenfell Park, along the River Rom, and the provision of a new feature public entrance to the park.

Through the use of London stock brick slips and render, the new storage facility has been delivered in keeping with the materiality of the surrounding residential buildings and has been achieved with minimal changes to the existing access and transport in and around the site. The scope of works for this project included:
  • Demolition
  • Asbestos removal
  • Sewer diversion
  • Sub-structure works, including reduced level dig, piling, drainage and RC slabs
  • 278 Works
  • Structural steel frame
  • Cladding, including brick slip and render facade
  • Curtain walling and feature glazing
  • Lift installation
  • Partitioning
  • Electrical & Mechanical installation
  • Fit out
  • Commissioning

Shurgard Greenwich

After the successful completion of the Romford Store, Shurgard engaged with us again to manage the construction of their newest Self Storage Facility in the Borough of Royal Greenwich. The site was historically a fuel depot and more recently a concrete parking area. The Greenwich facility is the largest store to be built in the UK at just over 12,500m2, it took 43 weeks to complete and was delivered under the £14 million budget.

There were early obstacles to overcome during construction including; a high water table, building next to Network Rail infrastructure, maintaining access to adjoining businesses and building to the redline boundary. One of the key milestones was also to provide a secure under-croft carpark with 76 spaces, 3 months prior to practical completion for our clients’ neighbour.

The finished building consists of ground + 4 stories with over 1400 partitioned units, a shop, staff room, plant rooms and 16 parking spaces.

The scope of works for this project included the following:

  • Demolition and recycling of existing structures
  • Sub-structure works including; reduced level dig, pre-cast driven piling solution, low level attenuated drainage and RC slabs
  • Structural steel frame with first floor R/C metal deck
  • Composite cladding and roof
  • Externally illuminated signage
  • Curtain walling and feature glazing
  • Under croft carparking and hard landscaping
  • Installation of 3 lifts
  • Partitioning
  • Electrical & Mechanical installation
  • Office fit out
  • Testing & Commissioning

Carpark and Signage for See Woo Cash & Carry

As part of the Shurgard Greenwich project we had to build a 76 Space car park for the SeeWoo Cash and Carry. The SeeWoo under-croft car park was completed and handed over 3 months prior to the opening of the Shurgard store.

The scope of works for this project included

  • Sub-structure works including; reduced level dig and surface water attenuated drainage
  • Combined base and binder asphalt surfacing
  • White lining
  • Electrical Installation including lighting, emergency lighting, fire alarm and induction loop
  • Fencing and automatic security gates
  • External illuminated Signage
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Extension Works Shurgard City Airport

Appian Construction are currently building a 5,000m2 extension for Shurgard’s City Airport store. As with all builds, this project hasn’t come without its challenges, we are building adjacent to London City Airport and are building within 7m of the DLR. There was also the difficulty of moving a Cadent 450mm gas main and a Thames Water 600mm main, all prior to starting Construction.

The scope of works for this build includes–

  • Demolition of existing structures

Sub-structure works including; reduced level dig, breaking out of concrete piles and obstructions, CHD piling solution, attenuated drainage and RC piling caps and slabs

  • Structural steel frame
  • Composite cladding and roof
  • Externally illuminated signage
  • Curtain walling and feature glazing
  • Installation of a lift
  • Unit partitioning
  • Electrical & Mechanical installation
  • Office fit out
  • Hard and soft landscaping
  • Testing & Commissioning

All whilst ensuring the current building remains fully operational and that the construction processes do not impact on the day to day running of the store.

High Visibility Works

Appian Construction have been contracted to manage the re-branding of a well-known commercial retailer for 5 of their current stores. This will include the removal of the current signage and the installation of new, high visibility lettering signs and the fitting of new wall wash LED lighting.

Testimonials

Shurgard Projects

Appian Construction have been the construction managers for several projects amounting to a GDV of ~£55m. Their meticulous planning, diligence and proactive approach has delivered on time and under budget 33,800m2 of real estate within 30 months.

They are in my top two go to companies for construction management, treating my money like their own, managing their sites with military precision and undertaking every challenges including building directly above Crossrail.

A truly outstanding company, for which I would have no reservations to recommend or contract time and time again


Robert Grant- Director of Construction Europe, Shurgard