Baryta House, Southend

Redeveloping a high-rise block into one, two and three-bedroom apartments in Southend, Essex, including strip-out, structural work and fit-out.




< £10 Million


Interior Fit-Out



Client & brief

Shaviram is a private equity investment group established in 2013, who have transformed both residential and commercial investment properties into state-of-the-art developments.

The client identified a gap in the market for modern, high-spec apartments in Southend, Essex. After identifying and securing the perfect building in the optimal location, the client needed a turnkey contractor to complete a full strip-out, reconfiguration and refurbishment.

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"Shaviram Group has been working with DRG for a number of years now and our experience of them has been nothing short of exceptional. We look forward to continuing our relationship as we grow together!"

The Shaviram Group - Bartya House

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The DRG solution

Having worked closely with the client on previous commercial residential projects, DRG was delighted to support the Shaviram Group in their new venture. Working within the existing structure – the bottom floor of which used to be a branch of NatWest bank – the project kicked off with a full strip-out, including careful removal of the old bank vault, which was made of reinforced concrete. The main bulk of the project was undertaken under permitted development regulations, with the conversion of the roof space into an extra floor requiring extra permissions. The roof space was cleared of mechanical items and steel grillage was added to take the new penthouse floor.

Once key external areas of the structure had been made good, such as windows, roof, and cladding changes to the façade to bring it in line with current safety regulations, the fit-out began, with internal partitioning and doors added to create the apartments. All apartments were individually finished, and featured spacious, open plan living spaces and modern appliances, with carefully chosen fixtures.

Externally, drainage was improved, a stand-alone substation was built, and outdoor lighting was installed.

Key features

  • Strip-out
  • Façade works
  • Windows
  • Full fit-out, including internal partitioning and refurbishment
  • Electrics, connectivity and plumbing
  • External and groundworks including drainage and lighting
  • New build substation

The result

The project was completed in October 2017, providing affordable, contemporary apartment living in the heart of the town.

Project specification

The apartments

  • Video access for residents
  • Grey double-glazed performance windows
  • Oak Karndean floor to living areas
  • Carpet to bedrooms
  • Water and electric individually metered for each apartment
  • Dimplex electric radiators – complete with local controls and thermostats
  • High-specification bathrooms
  • Integrated kitchens and appliances
  • Stainless steel contemporary door furniture

The MEP services

  • Fibre broadband
  • LED downlights
  • Sockets, switches and USB points, plus video entry phone system
  • Wiring for TV, telephone and SKY Q points
  • Hard-wired smoke and heat alarms

The site

  • Secure onsite parking
  • Secure cycle store
  • On-site building manager’s office
  • CCTV camera monitoring of external areas, lift lobbies and entrances