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Case Study:

Docker’s Cottage

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This terraced cottage was built in the 1930s on drained marshland to accommodate the growing demand for housing in what was then the Metropolitan Borough of West Ham, Essex. Almost a century later, the property finds itself surrounded by some of London’s most successful examples of urban redevelopment, including the O2 Arena, Canary Wharf and Excel.

The property was purchased from a housing association and had been continuously inhabited by the same tenant since the mid-1950s. As such, the house had not seen any modernisation effort for decades and was in a general state of disrepair. Elevating the facilities to a modern standard required a full strip-out and significant layout changes.

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The team faced significant challenges during the early phase of the project, primarily due to the state in which the property had been abandoned. An unusually long amount of time was spent on the initial clear-out before actual building work could begin, which included the removal of a partially collapsed rear extension once housing the kitchen. The removal of unusual amounts of waste contributed significantly towards the build costs.

There had never been any central heating installed in the property, and there was initially no upstairs bathroom. Damage from rising damp required the removal of plaster down to brick in many places, and doors and windows needed replacing throughout. The removal of a non-load bearing partition permitted the creation of an open kitchen and dining area, which leads to the generous rear garden.

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Image of the Docker's Cottage
Image of the Docker's Cottage
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Thanks to our team’s effort, an ageing property was given a new lease of life. At the same time, a tremendous amount of value was added by our comprehensive modernisation. The finished house has all of the amenities one would expect from a recently modernised property, including an open-plan kitchen and dining area as well as an upstairs bathroom with a separate bath and shower.

The area around Custom House remains an exciting growth market due to its improved transport links to the City and proximity to landmarks and events venues. After completion of the works, the property was let by a local agent for two years before being sold in 2022 after receiving a very competitive offer from another major local landlord.

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