Blow to the Bodyworks
This new scheme will provide two maisonettes and four houses on British Road
with outside space. Historically, some of the building formed part of an old school,
but in recent times the site has been used as a car repair workshop and body
Surveys of the interior have highlighted the poor quality of the internal structure
which will require replacing to suit residential development. The remaining poor
quality one storey lean-to and various free-standing buildings will be demolished
to form entirely new terraced maisonettes, two storeys with living/kitchen areas
at the ground floor and bedrooms at the second floor. The bedrooms will be set
back to the street side with cantilevering windows. One unit will span above the
entrance to the rear car park.
RISE propose a traditional load bearing masonry structure since the units will be
within a terrace and are self-contained. The ground floor will be beam and block
floors on sleeper walls, the first floor will be formed with posijoists spanning the
width of each unit. Steel beams will be required to support the front façade at the
step within the floor footprint and at the entrance to the car park.
The splayed windows will be formed with a small steel frame connected to the
first-floor steel beam and tied by the roof above. The roof will have timber trusses
spanning the width of each unit.
To carry out the works, the masonry façade of the two storey building will need to be supported temporarily. The works will be carried out in a sequential manner so that any potential effect to the stability of the building is minimized.
An attenuation tank will be provided for storm water, with the car park and the foul connected directly to the mains. Although this might look like a medium size development, by keeping the build traditional, each unit will be built like individual houses, simplifying the design.