4th June 2017

To our neighbours in Queens Head Street, Packington Street, Raleigh Mews & Gough House.

Welcome to the 6th edition of our newsletter, continuing our commitment to issue our monthly project newsletter provide you with a regular update of progress and activities taking place over the next month, which may or may not have an impact on the local community. News letters can also be found online http://www.martins-properties.co.uk/old-sorting-house.

Faithdean as members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme we are taking all reasonable precautions to mitigate the effect tof the works on the building’s surrounding neighbours, however, due to the nature of the works occasionally some inconvenience will be experienced. Our first Considerate Constructors audit for the project was undertaken on the 2nd May 2017, we will publish our score for this in the near future.

A new Senior Site Manager, Graham Baird has been appointed by Faithdean his contact details are below.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your understanding and patience during the construction works and apologise for any inconvenience that may be experienced.


To supplement the monthly newsletter the Project Notice Boards on Queens Head Street, Packington Street and Essex Road are updated on daily basis, and display current project information, including; noisy work and two week look ahead schedules, safety information and programme changes. The boards always display the contact details of the site team should you wish to discuss any aspect of the project, please contact us.

The noisy work and two week look ahead schedule, shows what is happening each day, and high lights noisy works, these are updated every two weeks.

The project as a whole is due to be completed in February 2018.

Our Site hours and delivery times are as follows:

  • Weekdays the site opens at 8am and closes at 5pm.
  • Saturdays if required the site opens at 8am and closes at 1pm.
  • Waste away and general deliveries, take place between 10am and 3:30pm.
  • Scaffolding deliveries and cranes will be parked in Packington Street between 8am and 5pm.

On every alternate Thursday 8 ,15, 29May 2017 the Project Team will be available at 160 Packington Street in the Site Office between 16:30 and 17:00 to answer any question that you may have regarding the project. Please feel free to come along. However should you wish to make an appointment, contact Richard Squires Project Manager, contact details below.

All works are undertaken in consultation with the local authority, Martins Properties (the developer) and neighbours.

Scope of works

Refurbishment of 160 & 162 Packington Street, 46 Essex Road along with a new build extension situated off of Queens Head Street. Providing commercial office space and two new flats in 160 Packington Street. 


Dates are shown on the noisy work schedule on the notice board.


  • Packington Street
  • Foundations are well advanced, underpinning works are complete, drainage works continue below ground and a new basement floor slab is being constructed.
  • Work progresses on the new steel frame and which extends up to the second floor. The mobile crane will remain in the road to complete the structural steel frame from ground floor to the roof. Traffic Marshalls are on hand to assist with the safe movement of traffic and pedestrian management during this period.
    • Essex Road
      • Hoardings, marketing graphics will be fixed to the hoardings on Essex Road in June.
      • Temporary works are progressing behind the hoarding to allow the removal of the street level façade..
  • Queens Head Street
  • Retaining walls to support Queens Head Street are in place, underpinning is complete to the gable walls of number 84 and the queens head pub. The basement has been excavated, and is now open to Packington Street.

Planned Works during June

The site is fully running now with works being undertaken to both the new building on Queens Head Street and internally to 162 Packington Street. All deliveries have to be made to the site from Packington Street.

  • Packington Street
    • Basement, drainage works continue and the basement floor slab is being broken out and replaced.
    • Steel frame and floors, works continue, the steel frame continues through the building, the existing walls are being fixed to the new steel frame which will allow the removal of the temporary works.
  • Essex Road
  • Roof – works will continue on the roof, to replace the roof coverings and form the new plant enclosure.
  • Street level – ground floor façade will be removed.
    • Queens Head Street
      • Drainage will be installed and the basement floor slab will be constructed.

Health & Safety

Faithdean PLC take the health & Safety of all staff, operatives and the general public very seriously and are proud to be associated with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, improving the image of Construction.

CCTV is in operation around the site.

We have now had ten internal Health & Safety inspections carried out with no incidents to report. If you have any concerns please contact our site management team, we are based in the site office in 160 Packington Street.

Planning Update:

Since the approval of an application for variations to the original planning permission by Islington Council on 14th September 2016, you may be aware that Martins have made further planning applications in relation to the site. These applications are variations on points of detail and do not materially alter the scheme.

In addition to these applications for minor design changes, Martins must gain approval from Islington for a number of details associated with the proposed development before they can start work on the relevant part. This is a standard procedure and ensures that the developer builds in line with the intent of the planning permission. This process is called discharging conditions. In line with this requirement, two “Approval of Detail” applications have been made since September 26 with future submissions also in the pipeline. The applications made to date relate to:

  • the details and materials to be used on the roof top plant enclosure (ref: P2017/0024/AOD). This application is now approved; and,
  • the various facing materials to be used on the building along with a Green Procurement Plan and internal sound insulation details (submitted 15/02/16). This application is awaiting validation. Some materials have been approved, and a new application is being made to progress more materials to be approved.

We will continue to update you in this newsletter as further applications are submitted.