Westgate Dewsbury


Project Overview

Following a successful traditional tender process Jupiter construction were instructed to complete a challenging refurb of an early 19th century 4 storey traditional shop and residential building, significant dilapidated conditions led to complete strip out and remodelling to create lettable commercial café space and 4 domestic apartments.

Contract type was a JCT with contractor’s design portion.

52 weeks
May 2024
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Client overview

Kirklees Council is the local authority providing most local government services for the metropolitan borough of Kirklees in West Yorkshire, England.

Heritage England (officially the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England) is an executive non-departmental public body of the British Government sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It is tasked with protecting the historic environment of England by preserving and listing historic buildings.

Challenges and scope

  • Revision of structural and architectural design following the discovery of an abandoned traditional basement.
  • Refurbishment of a very old property that had endured a several previous refurbishments over many, many years. The internal works affected every element of this project from foundations to roof.
  • Specialist chimney repointing was required using natural hydraulic lime.
  • Working collaboratively with Heritage England to restore the building to its original and traditional state.
    • Leading to technical challenges at some points of the refurbishment that were managed and overcome in Jupiter’s normal positive and engaging way.
    • Externally Jupiter employed a specialist stone repair company to complete works on the front elevation, returning the building to its original, historic look.
  • Forming new apartments whilst maintain certain elements of the original fixtures and fittings were completed tastefully and in line with Heritage requirements. The Apartments and Offices were fitted out ready to move in, additionally there was a retail environment created that was left as a blank canvas enabling any prospective tenant to fit out to their specification.
  • The Town centre location led to the requirement to close roads to enable crane operation – Conducted out of hours with traffic management in place.
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The team

The team involved in this project were very experienced from Contracts Management to Quantity Surveyor, Site Management and Health and Safety support, this extended to a robustly managed team of sub-contractors, Jupiter Construction prides itself on a reliable and suitably competent supply chain with a solid Pre-Construction phase built into all projects.  The additional works that were presented as the project developed meant that the team had to make sure that the program of works was amended and reflected each and every change and that the H&S impact of all matters were accounted for.


Jupiter Construction achieved success for the client, delivering a timely project completion whilst adhering to budgetary constraints, the client collaboratively requested variations to the scope as the project progressed and all changes were factored in as efficiently as possible to ensure a seamless delivery of the core project aims whilst taking into account the complexities and changes encountered, all finished to the high standard that the Jupiter Construction team have become known for and of course to the clients satisfaction.

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