We were delighted to be awarded this contract in such a prestigious area which was phase 2 of a 3 phase redevelopment of the area comprising the development of 10 no. Houses and 1 apartment. The houses retained the original grade II listed structure which was originally a grain store built in the 19th century.
The structure required extensive underpinning to remain structurally sound with retaining walls fitted to divide the spaces up in to the accommodation blocks. The roof was entirely removed with the building sympathetically built taller to create an additional third floor to take full advantage of the views down the river Alde. Sensitive repairs and repointing were undertaken to existing masonry using lime mortar and reclaimed bricks, with a Conservation officer being required for approval of most external elements.
Sustainable heating for the accommodation has been provided by a biomass heating system to provide hot water and district heating. A BMS system was installed to allow residents to see what energy is used and also used for charging for energy from landlord to tenant.
Due to the location next to the river Alde, the ground two floors were constructed with an inner wall of Caltite (waterproof concrete) within the listed envelope. Any surface water on the complex has been directed away from the lagoon to out of the flood plain. This mitigated any impact surface water run off would have to the buildings location.
Phase 3 of the redevelopment of Snape Maltings was negotiated on the back of delivering Phase 2 on time and to budget.
The project, behind Phase 2, was for the conversion of ab old coach house to five cottages, retaining most of the internal period features.
The front elevation had sustained some settlement however traditional underpinning was not an option as it would have meant disturbing the old cobbled road which led to the coach house. The solution was to stabilise the ground using high pressure grout injection which filled any voids and stabilised the ground around the 19th century foundations.
Detailed surveys at the outset of the project established at an early stage potential construction issues. This gave the client confident of a fixed price with only a moderate contingency.
With this scheme we understood the importance of site presentation with regards to potential purchasers and also allowing ‘purchaser’ tours of the site at quiet periods under our guidance which assisted the clients sales / marketing.