Garden Room for Catherine

This is the second stand-alone garden room Primrose have completed during lockdown. The government advice to the construction industry is now clear, carry on working if you can do so safely. Primrose have put in place stringent site operating procedures that allow us to build our garden rooms while observing social distancing.

The garden room below, for Catherine, will be used partly as a den for the kids and partly for working from home. When directly compared with Green Retreats, this project was under 13% cheaper and was delivered within four weeks of order placement.

The design contemporary and unfussy. Canadian cedar cladding with minimal profile aluminium bi-fold doors and grey composite decking mean this building will last upwards of 30 years.

Garden Gym for Tom and Georgia

In mid-March 2020, Primrose Projects faced a dilemma; how can we keep our teams busy without sending people into London on public transport? Before the pandemic, a typical project for Primrose would be a six month residential refurbishment in London – even longer for retrofit basement projects. Our London sites often have fifteen people on site at one time making the idea of social distancing a fantasy.

Our solution was to diversify. Primrose have constructed many garden rooms in the past but usually part of a wider building project. With an increase in people working from home and a need for us all to social distance, the idea that Primrose could offer garden room construction as a stand-alone service was born.

The garden room shown below is the first project undertaken in Abbots Langley as part of our ‘10% offer’. We promise to beat the national garden room companies by 10%. In addition, we can do any associated building or landscaping works using local tradespeople.

Primrose is still very much a high-end residential contractor, but now with the added benefit of offering market-beating garden rooms. This one cost less than £20k and was completed in three weeks with only a one week mobilisation period from placing of order.

Bayswater College - Welcome Hello

Talking our language!

This drab 1960s office building on Queensway was sensitively refurbished to become a cool and contemporary learning environment.

De Beauvoir Project Underway

This new project, in collaboration with Tigg Coll Architects, involves the redesign of this existing townhouse and includes expansion of the lower ground and ground floors to the side and rear.

The brief is to create improved family living provision by rationalising the plan within the property, to better connect spaces. A contemporary rear extension and lower ground floor is in contrast to the traditional character of the existing property externally and internally

The project is scheduled for completion in April 2020, more updates to follow…

New Project Appointment

Primrose are delighted to announce their recent appointment to undertake a whole house refurbishment and remodeling in Shoreditch.

The Property, a substantial Victorian villa, is to be extended downwards and rearwards to create a complementary lower-ground living space.

The construction phase will start in May 2019 and last for 45 weeks. The project cost at tender was £1.27m however, following a process of value-engineering undertaken with the client team, the finalised contract value is expected to be around £1.1m.

More updates on this project to follow…

carillon apprentice

Displaced apprentice finds new position at Primrose

In light of the recent announcement regarding the collapse of Carillion, the industry has come together to help the 1400 displaced apprentices.

Primrose were one of the first to contact the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to offer assistance. Founder and MD, Sean,  has been active as a Construction Ambassador for the CITB for several years, so understood the predicament former Carillion apprentices would face:

“Developing skills and offering opportunities for experiential learning is one of the ways Primrose help people starting out in construction. Not only does this help to the organization meet its contractual obligations in the present, but also nurtures the construction leaders of tomorrow.”

Holland Park concrete foundation

80m3 of concrete in Holland Park

This 300m2 basement in Holland Park has now got a roof!

The roof  comprised a 450mm thick reinforced concrete slab which had to be poured in one day. It took 11 concrete trucks and a 12 hour shift to get the job done. Where subterranean developments extend into garden areas, it is typically a planning requirement to leave the structure one meter below the garden level. Once the waterproofing is complete, Primrose will bring in 280m3 of topsoil to reinstate the garden above the new structure.

Holland Park concrete foundation

Primrose awarded Notting Hill project

Primrose are pleased to announce their appointment as main contractor on a residential refurbishment in W11.

The works shall comprise internal reconfiguration followed a comprehensive fit-out to include new bathrooms, kitchen and joinery throughout. This project is scheduled to take 24 weeks, which will require careful coordination of subcontractors and client-appointed specialists.


Classroom - Bird Estate

School’s out for Summer!

Primrose are delighted to conclude another successful project with the Bird Estate.

Having assisted with many residential refurbishments over a working relationship spanning ten years, Primrose were delighted to be asked to help with refurbishing this old building in Earl’s Court into Falkner House – a school for boys between the ages of four and 11 with a co-educational nursery for children aged two to four.

This total refurbishment cost £1m and took one year to complete. The work comprises new rear and side extensions as well as all new mechanical and electrical services. The original staircase was retained with a modern glass and stainless steel balustrade which juxtaposes traditional Victorian features.

Classroom - Bird Estate
Library - Bird Estate