The project took twelve months to construct following the demolition of an existing print works. Providing project management we co-ordinated this project, providing CDM and dealing with all engineering and building control issues and organising the individual subcontractors. Due to the close proximity of adjacent property and the soil conditions, the foundations consisted of driven steel cased reinforced concrete piles and ring beams. The building was constructed in 140mm timber frame to ground and first floor with the second and third floors erected in 119mm structural insulated panel (SIP) frame system by SIPS eco panels. This included a mansard warm roof in 194mm SIP panel, with a flat roof finished in a single layer of plastic onto 110mm insulation.
Robust Details were employed to ensure compliance with insulation requirements. The superior insulation benefits and air tightness of the timber frame and SIPS, (air permeability of 4.45 (m3/(h/m2) at 50Pa was achieved), enabled the installation of all electric hot water and radiant panel heaters as the only heating source to all the flats. The energy efficiency rating C for the flats, showed that running costs for the heating, lighting and cooking within each flat would amount to about £340 per annum. Each unit had a kitchen living room and bath / shower with mains pressure hot water.
The NHBC provided building control and a 10 year insurance warrantee.