Recently completed, this project comprised conversion and extension of a former Ministry of Justice building to form a 110 bedroom Premier Inn together with external works and drainage. We were surrounded by several neighbours in close proximity, including offices, residential and highways. We liaised with them throughout the contract, ensuring disruption was kept to a minimum.
Live services included electric cables, gas service pipes, water, drainage and telecommunications existed on, under or near to the work area, as well as a live sub-station adjacent to the site and over-ground cable which was fixed to the boundary wall. Before works started on site, we undertook surveys to fully ascertain the locations of these services, in order to finesse our plans and safeguard our workforce against cable strike.
Due to the significant slope on the site, we worked with the designers to create a retaining structure in the footings, to protect the existing building against structural movement as we were integrating a new steel frame into a concrete framed structure. The new extension is piled with a structural steel frame and concrete slabs, with secondary metsec framing and a rainscreen cladding system.
The scheme is on target to achieve BREEAM Very Good.