Quality structural engineering, by design

Brade Drive Retirement Village (Phase 1, sections A and B)

Hall Bros Builders, Coventry

“PRO Structures did an excellent job on this new retirement village, providing a proactive and highly professional approach, along with a willingness to go the extra mile in terms of solving any problems which occurred along the way. Both Hall Bros and Vagida and Holmes were deeply impressed.” – Robert Hall MBE, MD of Hall Bros Builders.

Project value: £3,500,000

Scope:
Five new 2 and 3-storey apartment blocks make up Phase 1: A and B, to house 31 retirement flats of 620 ft2. Phase 2, comprising 13 bungalow units and a community centre, has now started on site.

Services provided:
Foundation, masonry, balcony and proprietary element design and recommendations; structural review

Architect:
Vagdia and Holmes

31 retirement flats at Brade Drive, Coventry

Brade Drive (Phase 1: A and B) is a new development of five 2 and 3-storey apartment blocks, which will house 31 retirement flats. The apartment blocks sit on piled foundations with load-bearing masonry walls supported by RC ground beams, proprietary pre-cast suspended floor slabs and proprietary timber-trussed raftered roofs.

PRO Structure’s brief was to design both sub- and superstructure elements to minimise build costs for the client. The structural design of Phases A and B started in May 2009 and were completed by the October. Substructure work on Phase 2, comprising 13 bungalow units and a small community centre, started in summer 2011, and the superstructure build was completed during summer 2012.

PRO Structures’ work involved:

  • Foundation design
  • Load-bearing masonry design
  • Juliette balcony fixing design

 

Design recommendations for proprietary element design, such as floor slabs, staircases, trussed rafters and piled foundations.

A structural review of submitted sub-contractor design of these proprietary elements.

Liaison with local building control to close out any structural design issues.

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