There have been severe delays on the redevelopment work to Maxilla Bays 17-19 primarily due to Covid. We have also had to spend some time working with Adult Social Care to work out how space could be assigned and used in a flexible way. However, we are happy to announce that preparatory works began in March thereby securing planning permission. Some rescoping and other preparatory works will take place until approximately September. Full building works should hopefully begin in October 2021. It is anticipated that the development and fit-out timetable will take about 14 months. All being well, the centre will be open to the public in early 2023.
Maxilla City created a subcommittee to review and scrutinise the vast and complex information around the proposed development of the Maxilla Bays. We have had a number of site visits including one with the architects. We have been given important assurances around safety and the learning taken from Grenfell, and we have put some 3 dozen questions to the RBKC property team and their potential sub contractors. We sat on group meetings with ASC (Adult Social Care) looked at the appointment of space jointly and asked questions around their use of space and staff they expect to have on site. This process was time intensive and took several months.
We forensically scrutinized the development plans as well as the budget, enlisting probono support from experienced Commercial Managers/ Quantity Surveyors Arcadis. Below is an excerpt from their feedback including a query on 2 cost areas, and the subsequent response from ARK Build. This gives an indication of the exchanges we had and level of detail we sought. Please do get in touch if you want to know more or have any questions.
Maxilla Bays Ark Build Response
This commentary has been prepared as a response to questions raised by the Maxilla City Group regarding the proposed refurbishment of the 17-19 Maxilla Bays building.