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Intelligent Engineering

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.

Following the redevelopment of the school, Moseley School decided to increase and supplement their existing sports facilities. The facility comprises four court sports hall to Sport England Standards with associated changing facilities. The new building is located adjacent the existing gym and sports block and is cleverly linked with these buildings by an undercover street.

The changing room ceiling has been designed to become a future floor for the purpose of teaching space that will eventually link through to a viewing gallery and bleacher seating. The new building is on a sloping site with challenging cut and fill earthworks and associated retaining structures.

The project commenced on site in December 2013.

Bilton School Sports Hall

July 11th, 2014test

The complex will also include an all purpose dance/drama studio, fully equipped gymnasium, new changing rooms and a spectator viewing gallery equipped with ICT facilities.

The project commenced on site in January 2014.

Extensive increase in capacity by more than doubling the size of the existing building. Re-modelling of the existing school including structural alterations to the existing CLASP steel frame. Removal of existing precast concrete cladding panels and re-cladding with SIPS panel system.

Re-modelling of the existing single storey steel framed building to allow further classroom and ancillary accommodation to be added. Re-cladding using SIPS panels.

The development comprised of two extensions to the existing school, the first being a single storey reception classroom block to the West of the site, providing the reception year with an additional 3 No. classrooms, and the second being a two storey teaching block to the North of the site, providing year 5 & 6 pupils with a further 3 No. classrooms each, with the addition of a resource and group centre along with a new ICT/Library suite.

Both the new single and two storey classroom extensions comprised a steel frame, with a composite deck solution for the first floor of the two storey extension, both built off pad and strip foundations, with a ground bearing reinforced slab solution.

Reinforced cantilever ground beams were required to support the steel frame structure at the interface between the new structure and the existing building.

The primary structure consists of a braced steel frame with a suspended precast concrete ground floor and a composite slab at first floor to satisfy the requirements for disproportionate collapse.

Lightweight roofs were supported with steel purlins and diagonal bracing was used to provide stability.  The new frame was kept independent of the existing building and a specific foundation solution was designed to minimise impact on the existing sub-structure and drainage.