The project was for the design and construction of 49 two and three-bed apartments in St Benedicts, Norwich, for Broadland Housing Group.
- The 44,000 square foot building was constructed over five storeys using a flat reinforced concrete slab and frame.
- The façade is a mixture of brick, render, timber, flint, Eternit, and glazing
False shop fronts have been created on the ground floor to ensure the building blends into its city gateway surroundings.
- Undercroft parking provided
- A full unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey had to be carried out before works to ensure nothing was left from the heavy bombing the area was subject to during the Second World War.
- An archaeological dig was also carried out.
- The original design for the project was over budget and based on a structural steel frame. Value engineering meant a flat reinforced concrete slab and frame was used.
- Value engineering also negated the need for ground source heat bores and converted to a more cost effective heat recovery ventilation system.
- The two changes saved £250,000.
- An electricity substation was installed behind one of the false shop fronts. It was designed so noise and vibration does not travel through the building.
- The building was completed early, was on budget and was defect free at handover.
- The build incorporates timber walls that are insulated and developed to reduce the heat loss parameters.
- A NIBE exhaust air heat pump system is used for under-floor heating and hot water, as well as improving the quality of air circulating within the building.
- The local community were issued with a regular newsletter to keep them informed of progress and upcoming activity.
- A ‘St Benedicts Street Local Survey’ was distributed to 140 residents and businesses to gauge the opinions of the works on site. We received some excellent feedback and introduced some new procedures to further minimise disruption.
- A community open afternoon/consultation event was held to give local people a chance to view progress on site and give their opinion on landscaping to the surrounding communal areas.
- Students from Norwich City College visited site on a number of occasions to be shown round site by the site agent and informed of the construction processes, health and safety control measures.
- The Urban Search and Rescue Team from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service carried out a simulated tower crane emergency rescue exercise on site to help with their ongoing training. It was attended by crews from two of the Norwich fire stations, as well as the Wymondham Urban Search and Rescue team.
- Level 3 of the Code for Sustainable Homes
- Considerate Constructor Beyond Compliant Award
- NAA Craftsmanship Award Group B – New Residential (Grouped Buildings) Highly Commended
“Congratulations with St Bens, I must admit it is a good building to be proud of even when we reach our rocking chairs. It is certainly changed that area of the city. Good job.”
Executive Director (Business Growth)
Broadland Housing Group
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