The redevelopment of a former school, parish office building and warehouse to provide 130+ luxury serviced apartments for students. The apartment block also includes a gym, sauna, games room and cinema.
The project involved façade retentions of the parish office and warehouse to enable the erection of a five storey steel frame.
This was an archaeologically sensitive, compact, city centre site with numerous challenges and planning conditions. It was also necessary to retain the historic facades. Adept provided a design that worked within these constraints, including designing piled foundations to limit the disturbance to the archaeology.
In relation to the retention of facades and existing structures, the risk was mitigated with temporary support structures and detailing of smaller structural elements in and around the retained facades.
Adept provided innovation and flexibility by adapting the design to suit the needs of the contractor working on site, allowing them to implement value engineered solutions where appropriate. Adept’s design solution included a piled steel frame which was tied into the retained facades/structures with a combination of precast concrete, timber and light gauge steel floors. They were tailored around the different areas and uses of the building constraints imposed by planning on the overall building height.
Adept was very successful in achieving an effective solution that worked within the constraints imposed by the existing structures and compact nature of the site.