Located in the heart of Knightsbridge in west London, One Hyde Park is a luxurious modern residential development designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. The development consists of four elongated hexagonal blocks or ‘pavilions’, housing 81 apartments and four penthouses.
Working alongside main contractor Laing O’Rourke, architects Hamilton Associates & Darling Associates and Vetter Germany, for client Candy & Candy, Vetter UK undertook three different packages of work. The Stone Manager role, the internal fit-out of Pavilions B&C and the external hard landscaping and cladding.
Vetter UK’s involvement in the project began in early 2007 when they were appointed in the Stone Manager role for the 81 apartments. From the outset the client had a clear vision of the colouring and characteristics of the stone they wanted; Vetter UK was tasked with sourcing eight different stones from suppliers around the world for the two different palettes of colours to be used throughout the apartments. Two different palettes of colours were used, light and dark.
Following identification of the stones, a preferred supplier was selected and representatives of Candy & Candy, the Stone Consultant, Hamilton architects, Laing O’Rourke and the two Vetter companies visited the different suppliers in various countries to undertake range sample selection and quarry visits. During each visit the companies presented full size slabs for approval by the team, which when approved were signed, dated and photographed.
In late 2008, Laing O’Rourke took the decision to undertake the fit-out element of Pavilions B&C themselves. Subsequently, they appointed Vetter UK as stone fit-out contractor and Vetter Germany as manufacturer. To ensure that the stone was manufactured to the exacting dimensions and shading requirements, a specialist dry-lay facility was established at the Vetter Germany premises in Eltmann, Germany. All of the stone for the walls and floors was laid out, inspected and approved prior to packaging. The stone was then transported to the UK consolidation centre in Wembley where it was held until needed on site.
Before commencing work on site, the teams of Vetter UK stonemasons working on the project carried out a trial wall panel installation test to demonstrate that their skills met the exceptional standard of quality finish required.
Pavilions B&C contain 45 apartments in total, with a mix of five, four, three and one bedrooms. Work began in July 2009 with Vetter UK supplying and installing 10000m² of natural stone and 6000m² of screed. The work consisted of vanity units, shower trays, bath tops, floors and walls in the various master and guest bathrooms, kitchen floor and corridor floors and skirtings.
The hard landscaping element involved the supply and installation of approximately 3200m² of paving and 250m² of cladding. Vetter UK was heavily involved in the early stages of this element of work, assisting the architect and the client with stone suggestions and samples, before the final four stones were chosen.
Work began on site in April 2010, with Vetter UK supplying and installing stone to the ground level, the terraces and the Lightwells. Around 400m² of stone was laid on pedestals, specifically on the terraces. With the stone being open jointed, any water will flow between the stone and disappear unseen through the drainage system. To add a highlight to the landscape, stainless steel edge trims were installed between the stone paving and the soil as a feature division.
Vetter UK also installed natural stone to the base of the water feature. The feature is split in two halves by a raised footpath crossing. Three feature trees have been planted on one side of the water and one on the other on their own individual ‘islands’. These ‘islands’ consist of a polished stainless steel substructure, which hides the water proofing at the waters’ edge. Stone has been laid on top with two built in uplighters adding a shimmering mirror finish.
The cladding was a rainscreen cladding consisting of mainly Mid Grey Granite with a quartzite banding.
The project was completed in September 2010, bringing to a close the second high clad internal fit-out project that VUK has undertaken in London.
RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2010 – Gold Award