Location: Kingswood, Bristol
Project value: £350,000
Scope: New-build 3-storey apartment block
Services Provided: Sub- and superstructure design services
Three-storey apartment block with variable roof heights
PRO Structures worked in partnership with Nicholas Morley Architects to design this 3-storey block of eight one- and two-bedroom apartments. It was an interesting project, built with a superstructure of loadbearing masonry, load-bearing blockwork support walling and a degree of internal steel framing.
While this is a standard design approach, the architectural design was for two-bedroom apartments on the ground and first floors, with smaller one-bedroom apartments on the top floor. This in turn led to the need for non-standard structural design – we needed to design in steel frames to support load-bearing walls due to the differing floor plans to take into account the variable roof heights, as seen in the photographs above.
Early structural input, working closely with the architect to realise his vision, led to the most cost-effective design solutions to meet the brief, reducing build costs in the process.
Projected completion: September 2015
PRO Structures’ work involved:
- Sub-structure design
- Superstructure design
- Liaison with the architect