Martin Arnold is providing 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, will deliver 65 rental properties and a commercial unit in the London Borough of Ealing during Spring 2023. Demolition of the structure that occupied the site is complete and the construction works are underway.

Our client has taken the opportunity to optimise the scheme through the submission of a Section 73 application that has additionally incorporated proposals resulting from a value engineering exercise. The optimisation has reduced the massing and simultaneously improved internal layouts.

Martin Arnold’s appointment began pre-contract with initial cost advice on the approved scheme and contractor’s proposals. We facilitated negotiation of amendments to the JCT D&B 2016 contract in line with our client’s requirements and formed the contract documents 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 progresses.

During the construction phase, our Clerk of Works team inspect the works to safeguard and report on quality matters. Martin Arnold’s multidisciplinary expertise delivers 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 to the development was the proposed retention and incorporation of an existing basement at the site. The optimised scheme remodels and relocates the basement to enhance the commercial floorspace while opening-up the opportunity for above ground layout improvements.

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