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Intelligent Engineering

Granville Lofts, Birmingham

June 28th, 2018test

This seven storey apartment block consists of 119 new homes constructed on a long standing derelict site in the centre of Birmingham.

The site challenges consisted of building within an existing basement and constructing very close to the existing Rail Tunnel. This involved extensive liaison with Network Rail to ensure the integrity of their asset throughout the build.

Mercia Grange Care Home

June 28th, 2018test

The 3-storey main building was constructed as a load bearing masonry construction with areas of steel transfer frame, built on an arrangement of trench fill and reinforced ground beam foundations.

The building comprises of 67 care bedrooms with communal lounge, activity and dining areas, within a large open plan environment, achieved by adopting the use of a steel transfer frame supporting bedrooms over.

This new extra care facility comprises of 70 apartments, along with supporting communal facilities in the form of lounge areas, dining space, salon, laundry, and staff offices and facilities.

In addition to this there are 10 separate bungalows that have been designed in accordance with lifetime homes that have their own private gardens with access to the communal facilities provided in the adjacent extracare building.

The development is situated off Greenhill in Burcot, Bromsgrove and comprises a new 54-bedroom residential care home within the grounds of the existing Burcot Grange care home.

The new home has been designed to complement the existing accommodation for residents with specific care needs, including dementia patients. The building is a 2-storey load bearing masonry structure with localised steel transfer elements. The first-floor construction is formed of pre-cast concrete planks whilst the ground floor is formed from a combination of a ground bearing slab and a suspended beam and block floor system. The roof structure comprises sections of pitched roofs formed with timber trusses and sections of flat roof. The foundation solution is traditional mass concrete strip footings.

Emerson Grange, Hextable, Kent

November 6th, 2017test

The project includes the redevelopment of an existing care home site to provide a 77 bed care home and 41 extracare apartments in three separate buildings. The buildings will be situated in the heart of Hextable Village and provides an opportunity to revitalise the site and provide a modern purpose built facility.

The buildings are three to four storey’s constructed of a timber frame in order to minimise the structural load and provide a lightweight solution, yet reduce construction time. The buildings are clad in brickwork and are supported on a series of mass concrete strip foundations in the underlying chalk strata to safely transfer the loading into the ground.
The care home incorporates a retaining wall partway along the ground floor to help the building sit within the sloping site.

The Lansdowne

November 2nd, 2017test

The project includes a block of 206 high-end apartments close to Five Ways in Edgbaston, Birmingham, along with a two storey car park to the rear.

The block will also open into a large, hotel style concierge lobby with a cafe and gym.

The building is a 16 storey precast concrete frame to the main floors, with an additional two storey lightweight steel structure on top forming the duplex apartments. The floors are supported on a combination of concrete columns and walls, and the building is stabilised by the main concrete stability core and shear walls.

The structure is supported on a series of piled foundations to transmit the loading into the underlying Bromsgrove Sandstone.

The building is situated next to the redevelopment of Number 1 Hagley Road which has been redeveloped into apartments.

Alexandra Road, Oswestry

March 29th, 2017test

The two, three and four storey main building facility was constructed using load bearing masonry on a piled foundation solution comprising of an arrangement of reinforced ground beams and pile caps.

The building will have a large communal area incorporating lounge areas, cafe, hobbies and craft areas and further dining facilities, all this is within a large open plan environment. This will be achieved by adopting the use of a steel frame transfer deck supporting further apartments and an open air terrace area over.

In addition there are eight seperate bungalows, comprising of a living area, kitchen, bedrooms and their own private gardens with access to the communal facilities provided in the adjacent extra care building.

Prior to commencing the construction phase it was necessary to demolish the existing framed building and sub structures to the site perimeter.

The site consists of three new four and five storey buildings with the refurbishment of the remaining building fronting Bradford and Birchill Street.

As well as the refurbishment of the existing building, a two storey vertical extension has been incorporated as part of the proposed development.

The three new four and five storey buildings are steel frames on piled foundations with precast floor construction to all floors.

The building is approximately 108,500 sq ft of floor area, this includes 350 bed accommodation units, a gymnasium and cinema at ground floor level.

The sub structure comprises a complex system of stepped reinforced concrete ground beams and pile caps supported by CFA concrete piles. The superstructure comprises a braced steel frame with composite concrete suspended floors.

The below ground drainage has been defined to incorporate SuDS principles in order to control the quantity of surface water run-off reaching the public sewer. Flows have been attenuated by incorporating a flow control devise and an attenuation tank to temporarily hold the excess surface water which is released at a reduced rate.

Bartholomew Row, Birmingham

January 27th, 2017test

The Christopher Wray building comprises of a row of terraced Georgian houses in Bartholomew Row next to East side City Park. This will be restored and a 15 storey residential tower constructed alongside it.

The final project which is scheduled to finish by July 2017 will create offices, pubs, art and design studios alongside 150 student bedrooms.

The building will be a 15 storey concrete frame to the main residential floors, stabilised by the main core shear walls.

The structure is supported on a series of piled foundations to transmit the loading into the underlying sandstone. CWA have provided structural design input to assist IDP in developing the scheme, along with the drainage strategy drawings for the planning application.