Location: Bristol, UK
Project value: £900,000
Scope: Four-storey apartment block totalling 10,750 sq ft, built from load-bearing masonry
Services provided: Sub- and superstructure design; liaison with client and architect
Architect: Elevation One Building Design Ltd
Triangular four-storey apartment block in St Philips, Bristol
This triangular four-storey apartment block, for St George’s Homes, was completed in February 2013. The block houses ten apartments with one, two or three bedrooms, and a set-back top floor apartment. The building incorporated deep strip foundations, loadbearing masonry external and internal walling, and proprietary timber and beam-and-block concrete floors.
It posed several design challenges, including the need to retrofit a steel frame support for an external roof terrace hot tub. The set-back top floor apartment has a lightweight timber frame construction, to reduce the load on the rest of the building. These measures enabled the aesthetic brief to be met in the most cost-effective way, which both the developer and architect appreciated.
PRO Structures’ work involved:
- Structural design
- Structural drawing
- Liaison with the architect and contractor over structural issues.