Quality structural engineering, by design

Tall Pines, Henbury Road

Client: Focus Building Architect: Biddulph Architects Arboriculturist: Assured Trees Completed 2017

 

Location: Westbury on Trym, Bristol
Project value: £50,000

Services Provided: Superstructure and foundation design

Design for a double garage amidst a tall pine grove

This project may otherwise have been an ordinary scheme, to design a garage. However, the site in question is located in a tree preservation area, with the main house built in grounds containing numerous protected trees.

The site for the adjacent garage was therefore highly constrained, needing to sit close to the house and following its classical style, while avoiding, and in some cases bridging over, the tall pine roots.

This meant that the structure, which is built in traditional load-bearing masonry with a suspended beam and block floor, needed to sit on eight foundation piles, each pile driven 6m into the ground while ensuring the protection of nearby tree roots which had spread under the garage footprint.

PRO Structures worked closely with both the architect and arboriculturist to ensure that the design met the visual brief – which, unusually, includes a glazed dome and high level storage eaves – while protecting the tall pines which give the house its name.

Pictures show the classical form of the garage, and its location between the main house and the adjacent trees.

Completed: 2017

 

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