Refurbishment, conversion and conservation work has formed a substantial part of MGL project work. Refurbishment and conversion projects dominated the earlier working years of MGL, as there was a considerable amount of derelict buildings located in and around the East End.
The old industrial, warehouse, buildings of the East End offered plenty of scope for mixed use development. In general the size, scale and look of these original industrial buildings provided sufficient space for large commercial units, loft style apartments and live / work spaces.
This type of buildings stock formed the original incentive for developers to start the gentrification process of the east end, especially in around the city, Wapping wall, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. MGL worked on projects within all of these areas; Spitalfeilds, Wapping Wall, and Bacon school all of which are examples of good quality conversions and rethinking and reusing old buildings to provide them with a new focus and new life culminating in the creation of a new gentrified London area.
A substantial amount of the refurbishment and conservation projects have been of national heritage importance, and MGL have revived several failing nationally listed, buildings, some of which have been listed up to a ‘grade II star’ status.