Martin Arnold provided Employer’s Agent, Principal Designer, Clerk of Works and cost consultancy services for the redevelopment of the former Goldsmiths Arms public house in Acton.

The project, which Brimelow McSweeney Architects designed and got planning permission for was constructed by Bugler Developments for Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association and completed in Spring 2024. The scheme has delivered 65 rental properties and a commercial unit in the London Borough of Ealing.

In collaboration with Martin Arnold and Bugler’s design team, our client took the opportunity to optimise the consented scheme with submission of a Section 73 application. The optimisation reduced the massing while simultaneously improving internal layouts and incorporating proposals from a value engineering exercise.

Martin Arnold’s appointment began pre-contract with initial cost advice on the approved scheme and contractor’s proposals. In the role of Employer’s Agent, we facilitated negotiation of amendments to the JCT D&B 2016 contract in line with our client’s requirements and formed the contract pack for execution. As Principal Designer, Martin Arnold has taken an imbedded role in the design team ensuring appropriate consideration of safety matters on behalf of our client as the design progressed.

During the construction phase, our Clerk of Works team inspected the works to safeguard and report on quality matters. Martin Arnold’s multidisciplinary expertise has delivered both value and consistency for our client.

  • Client

    Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing Association

  • Contractor

    Bugler Developments Ltd

  • Contract Value


  • Duration

    3 years 5 months

  • Address

    130 East Acton Lane, London

Key Challenges

A key challenge in the development was the proposed retention and incorporation of an existing basement at the site. The optimised scheme remodelled and relocated the basement to enhance the commercial floorspace while opening-up the opportunity for improvements to the above ground layout.

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