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The Workspace of Tomorrow!


An icon, entrenched with history, the 200-year-old Heal’s Building on Tottenham Court Road will be transformed through an extensive refurbishment programme, including repurposing the creation of new vibrant destination entrance, café, restaurant and ancillary spaces.

Repurposed as ‘The Manufactory’, this builds upon the sites historic use as a ‘furniture manufacturer’ to the ‘manufacture of ideas’. Once completed, this iconic building will provide new high quality workspace and collaboration zones, creating a destination to this already prestigious area.

Since 1840, the site has undergone significant development and has a collection of 9 connected blocks of buildings. Our clients KKR and General Projects acquired the building and the surrounding estate in 2021 from Columbia Threadneedle for £112m. We are thrilled to be part of remastering this incredible landmark as Project Managers, Cost Consultants and Employer’s Agents.

Proving that sustainable design can be applied to Grade II* buildings, and BREEAM Very Good and an EPC B will be the minimum standards applied, with aspirations for ‘Excellent’ and ‘A’ with a wider Net Zero strategy set in place for the occupied spaces.

Works on the building have already begun, with an initial 35,000 sq ft of office space completed in July ’22, with the relocation of Heals underway. A further 62,000 sq ft of offices are set to complete in the Q3 2023.

Since founding Costa in 1971 at Old Paradise Street, the site will now be transformed into the next generation of commercial office space, pushing the boundaries of ESG and Sustainable Design. Considering embodied carbon and operational energy throughout the design, a Cross Laminated Timber and Glulam structure will be utilised with terracotta façade, seeking to meet and better the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge for embodied carbon and operational energy.

With goals to set the new ‘norm’ for low-carbon office workspace, whilst supporting the health and well-being of its future occupants, standards incorporated including BREEAM ‘Excellent,’ WELL Core ‘Gold, and WIRED ‘Gold’.

In this instance, happiness grows from trees.

Earlier this year we won two tandem skydives at a charity auction for School of Hard Knocks Charity. Scott Hepworth and Adib Jazireh were our two lucky winners of the tickets and experienced the adrenaline-fuelled tandem parachute jump with The Red Devils last week.

Here’s what they said about it:

"Thank you to Quartz for supporting me through the recent personal tragedy... I felt like throwing myself out   of a plane, which, Quartz enabled me to do so was the best way to get on with my life...! I had a lot of fun and was good to get some adrenaline going through my body again!"

- Scott Hepworth
“It’s a massive adrenaline rush as you can imagine. It's an experience that I'll never forget. It’s like nothing else on earth. I loved it!”

- Adib Jazireh

We had a remarkable day participating (and very almost winning!) in Meinhardt’s 5th Annual Charity Touch Rugby Tournament this month. The Quartz team got to compete against other firms in the building and construction industry. Despite an unfortunate start after losing the only two subs the team had, we managed to place second in the cup final with a close score of 2-1.

The event was in aid of Centrepoint, the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity that supports over 14,000 16-25 year olds each year. Congratulations to all and thank you to Meinhardt for organising such a great event for a fantastic cause!

Also, a big congratulations goes out to Jackson for his Player of the Tournament award. We loved seeing him rip the pitch up! We look forward to finishing off some business next year!

Blueprint Erith, the four-unit scheme will create a 93,985 sqft of Grade-A space with sustainable design features and quality office accommodation. The building will be net-zero carbon in construction and feature photovoltaics to the roof.

Work has begun, with completion scheduled for Q1 2023.

One Portsoken has been selected as a finalist in the Regeneration Project of the Year category at the London Construction Awards 2022!

The project involved the refurbishment of a 9-storey office building with dynamic office spaces, terraces on the upper floors, a ground floor café, and much more. The full restoration of the original design elements of the building, and it’s history has been preserved as a great example of the 80’s brutalist architecture.

Also, the building has achieved Wired Score Platinum which is the highest awarded certification attributed to buildings and redevelopments that offer the best in-class connectivity for their tenants and visitors. Digital connectivity is now an integral part of the building, providing it with the flexibility to adapt to new technologies.

Fingers crossed for One Portsoken! We can’t wait to find out the final result!

Firethorn Trust received planning permission for a 340,000 sqft sustainable logistics scheme in South Yorkshire. The project includes a 320,000 sqft Grade-A warehouse unit and 20,000 sqft of highly specified office space. Barnsley340 will be built to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with renewable design features and sustainability initiatives to improve cost and energy efficiency.

Construction is expected to begin later this year, with practical completion anticipated in Q3 2023.

Take a look at the new CGIs of Barnsley 340:

Long Harbour & JV Partners invested £260m in Walthamstow.


The large scale residential project will be a major component of the redevelopment of Walthamstow Town Centre, reflecting both the distinct London identity and local needs. Long Harbour recently acquired the site from Capital & Regional in December 2020 and has appointed Tide Construction to build it. The development will consists of 495nr BTR (Build to Rent) apartments split between two towers of 34 and 27 storeys. Both towers will be built with modular units produced by Vision Modular.

Using modular construction rather than traditional methods has saved circa 16 months on the construction programme. According to independent academic research, the carbon emissions emitted during the construction process could be reduced by up to 45% with this cutting-edge technology. The project is also in line with the partnership’s ESG credentials, which include the use of low-carbon building materials and the measurement of carbon footprints during the construction phase. Work on site will commence imminently and is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.

We are delighted to be acting as Cost Consultants and Employer’s Agents and can’t wait to see the final result.


McAleer & Rushe have been appointed as Main Contractor to a £140m Taxi House development at Westminster.


The landmark co-living development on the banks of the Grand Union Canal will transform the site of the former London Taxi Drivers’ Association HQ. Key to the development is the 346 units, vast internal amenity and external space, a pavilion and high-quality co-working space. McAleer and Rushe have been appointed as the main contractor on behalf of Cheyne Capital. They will be building the new development around the existing depot until they can be re-housed in their new facility.

Once completed, it will include a private pool, dining, massage rooms and a bespoke cinema. The building will range in size and height from 3 to 12 stories, and it will have 23,700 sqft of green, biodiverse roofs, targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating. There will also be 11,840 sqft of workspace specifically dedicated to SMEs. Undoubtedly, it will have a lasting impact on the community.

It is great for us to be involved in such an amazing project as Cost Consultants and Employer’s Agents.


We don’t just count numbers!

Quartz had a fantastic day participating in the JLL Property Triathlon at Dorney Lake last month. The full-day event, which included a 750m swim down the lake, 21.2km bike ride and 5km run, had over 3500 contestants. We had a great time competing against all the other property professionals taking part.

We had 12 people from our London and Manchester offices compete in both the individual and team relays. The teams finished 110th and 118th out of 431. The individuals put up a great fight, with some finishing in the top 64 out of 774! One of our collegues, Project Manager, Joe Potten has commented:

The JLL Triathlon was a great example of teambuilding. The atmosphere was amazing throughout the entire day and it was great to see us all supporting each other in both the individual and team events. It’s definitely an event I would participate in again!

Congratulations to everyone and thank you to JLL for putting on such a great event!