“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
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.
Foundation, masonry, balcony and proprietary element design and recommendations; structural review
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.