Old pub, new life
The ground floor of this existing pub was opened up in order to accommodate a new convenience store. The layout of the upper floors was altered to create four new flats with revised staircase positions.
Because the existing loadbearing walls were removed, new steel frames had to be provided to support the load bearing walls above, as well as portalising them for lateral stability.
A large single storey column-free extension was built to the rear of the pub to accommodate part of the new convenience store. It was constructed on strip footings down to the bed rock with a new beam and block floor. False roof trusses were installed around the edges of the extension in order to mirror the aesthetic of the pub.
Even though there was already a wooden sleeper retaining wall along the side of the building supporting the slope above, RISE designed the external wall of the new building to resist a retained soil height of 1m, by adding reinforced concrete in the cavity.
RISE’s design of the steel structure and retaining wall means this public house has a new lease of life as a commercial retail unit and generates rental income for the clients.