BDL Dry Lining recently concluded a five-year project helping to create the extensive Goodman’s Field development for client Berkeley Homes. This brand new, mixed-use space in east London sits within close proximity to the City and offers excellent transport links. Goodman’s Fields also offers a host of sleek amenities, a central urban location and many leisure options.
Goodman’s Fields development – a new east London community
A brownfield site, within easy walking distance of both Aldgate and Aldgate East Underground stations, Goodman’s Fields has been transformed by Berkeley Homes into an upscale community, complete with homes, gardens and an array of dining and entertainment venues.
Over the past seven years, we carried out a range of services to help build this vibrant new development. The project occurred in five phases.
Now complete, Goodman’s Fields provides a collection of high-specification residences, social apartments, student accommodation, a hotel, bars, restaurants and workout spots, as well as two acres of landscaped greenery.
The gleaming residential units include access to 24-hour concierge service, an eco-garden, roof garden, a resident’s cinema, spa and swimming pool. Most of the units offer stunning views of the surrounding cityscape, with the higher floors featuring sweeping vistas of London landmarks, such as the Gherkin, Tower of London and St Pauls Cathedral. In addition, Goodman’s Fields is located in close proximity to the City’s historical streets and Shoreditch’s edgy attractions.
BDL’s extensive package of works for Goodman’s Fields
On this large, multi-use development we were responsible for providing partitioning, suspended ceilings and fit out for three buildings. This involved working on 800 residential units – a mixture of private and social apartments – as well as entrance lobbies.
Over the four phases of the project, we helped to complete:
- 617 student apartments – May 2012 to October 2013
- 182 private units – north-west block – November 2013 to Dec 2015
- 72 private and 108 social units – north-east block – March 2015 to December 2016
- 104 private, 52 shared and 40 social units – south-east block (first stage) – March 2017 to November 2018
- 163 private and 79 social units – south-east block (second stage) – March 2018 to June 2019
Due to our characteristic attention to detail, in-depth planning and insistence on maintaining extremely organised and safe working conditions, we were able to deliver our works effectively, safely and to a uniformly high standard. Dave Berry, Head of Construction Berkley Homes North East London, commented on the works delivered by BDL Drylining
I have been working with BDL since joining the Goodmans Fields team in April of 2014. Over the past 5 years they have been exceptional in all areas from Health & Safety, Quality and Delivery which is driven by their culture of continuous improvement, pride and reputation. We have collectively built a great cohesive relationship and it has been a pleasure working with their team and support staff to successfully deliver the first completed scheme for the Berkeley Homes North East London Business.
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Contributing to the local community
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to support communities in surrounding areas in which we work, we offered an onsite 9-week course at Goodman’s Fields for job seekers who are interested in pursuing a career in construction.
As part of this hands-on educational experience, operatives were taught how to install partitioned walls. They learned how to adhere to a construction programme and what measures to take to remain safe and healthy whilst on an active building site. Following the successful completion of this course, we were able to offer some operatives employment with ourselves.
Horse sculptures form the centre of this fashionable new London address
Centuries ago, horses grazed on the open ground next to what is now Goodman’s Fields. In honour of that heritage, and in order to pay tribute to the noble animals that once helped to transport Londoners and their goods, Berkeley Homes decided to base its substantial Goodman’s Fields development around a massive fountain featuring a set of imposing horse sculptures.
Each of the buildings that make up the urban environment of Goodman’s Fields radiate from the sculptural centrepiece. Berkeley Homes envisioned this area in the middle of its urban community as a sort of piazza, similar to the many sun-dappled squares with gushing fountains, which can be found in town centres across Southern Europe.