Re-Modelling of Diana & Sylvanus House, Wellingborough
The two original residential buildings were constructed in the 1960’s and were in need of re-modelling to achieve modern standards of insulation and facilities. The project value was £5.5m. The re-modelling was carried out in two phases to allow decanting of residents from one block to the other.
The original buildings were load bearing masonry with in-situ concrete floors and roof. The buildings were stripped back to their bones, the concrete balconies removed and new balconies, staircases, façades and roofs added. Careful consideration of the stability of the building during the various construction stages was necessary.
The client, Wellingborough Homes, have been a regular repeat client of BCAL for many years.
BCAL were appointed as civil and structural designers on the project and were involved from concept stage to completion.
An initial structural survey revealed the basic structure of the building but once the existing tenants had decanted and a full asbestos survey could be carried out, a much more detailed structural survey was completed. This confirmed most of our initial findings but did require some minor revisions to the structure.
The new foundations were traditional pad footings founded on the clay sub-soil.
The external hardstandings and planting areas were also completely re-modelled with new retaining walls and extensive repairs were carried out to the underground drainage system.
BCAL were appointed as civil and structural designers on the project and were involved from planning stage to completion.
Client: Wellingborough Homes
Architect: Sursham Tompkins
Contractor: Steele & Bray
Published on May 8th, 2015