The Library Building – BSF Cladding Remediation Project

  • Client: Rendall & Rittner, Cathedral Clapham
  • Services: Employers Agent, Project Management, Contract Administration, Clerk of Works, Fire & Structural Engineering, Cost Consultancy, Principal Designer and Planning Permission
Capital was appointed as the multi-disciplinary consultant to provide full professional service from inception to completion.  Our services included, Employers Agent, Fire Engineering, Cost Consultancy, Project Management, Structural Engineering, Architectural services, Contract Administration, Principal Designer & Clerks of Works.
Contract Value:
£9 Million
Programme (site phase):
March 2022 to March 2024
JCT Design & Build Contract
Capital was commissioned by managing agents, Rendell & Rittner on behalf of the clients, Cathedral Clapham Ltd to manage all stages of the Building Safety Fund application for the replacement of combustible insulation contained within the original curved facades at the Library Building to Panoramic Tower.

The Library Building is a 12 Storey residential block on Clapham High Street, South London. The building has 136 apartments over 12 storeys including a basement level which houses private parking and plant equipment. The Building has three staircases distributed throughout the building and four lifts.

The purpose of the project is to replace the various non-compliant cladding materials and associated works via monies received from the MHCLG and their Building Safety Fund.




  • 01
    Employers Agent
  • 02
    Project Management
  • 03
    Contract Administration
  • 04
    Clerk of Works
  • 05
    Fire & Structural Engineering
  • 06
    Cost Consultancy
  • 07
    Principal Designer
  • 08
    Planning Permission

Our role included production of the Employer’s Requirements and contract documents, appointment of sub-consultants, management and coordination of the design team, validation of the contractors design proposal (in agreement with our chartered structural and fire engineers), agreement of the contract sum (via our independent Quantity Surveyors), administration of the BSF application on behalf of our client, obtaining planning and building regulation approvals, management of health and safety / CDM requirement (principal designer role), contract administration of the works, agreement of quality control procedures, site sign off and handover procedures, included the issue of an EWS1 form on completion of the remediation works.

Due to the building being of such Architectural important Capital’s Architectural team have been liaising closely with the local planning authority to seek approval for a bespoke solution which meets the improved fire standards and aesthetic qualities. The project was given BSF funding eligibility and is due to start on site in March 2022 and be complete within two years.


We’re delighted to be appointed to work on the iconic, award winning, Library Building in Clapham. The project is subject to a Building Safety Fund application and due to its architectural heritage, has presented a number of challenges. As a team, we’ve created a completely bespoke solution to match the existing façade and have engaged with the local planning team to ensure the outcome is sympathetic to the original design. The solution has been rigorously challenged by Capital’s team and we are looking forward to the commencement of the site phase .

Richard O’Reilly Project Director for Capital

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