This three-storey new build development for Henry Davidson Developments (HDD) consisted of a Nursery, Co-Operative Retail Store and 17 no. two-bedroom flats on the 1st and 2nd floors. Seeing the opportunity on this former airfield site, HDD purchased the land to provide a retail outlet and nursery with a residential offering above.
The completion of the retail and nursery unit were to shell only and we provided early access to the respective fit out contractors. In addition to this we organised our trades to complete a show flat at an early stage, enabling HDD to begin marketing their units. The structure was unique in the sense that the ground floor consisted of a steel frame with blockwork & brickwork façade and concrete planks to first floor.
The choice of a steel frame solution on the ground floor allowed larger spans for the retail units, however we utilised the speed of construction from a timber frame system on the 1st and 2nd floors with brickwork and rendered panels.Services for the building were designed to be on an internal ‘track’ pipe system, which created a more aesthetically pleasing finish compared to externally mounted pipes. In addition to this automated smoke vents were installed at the end of corridors.
The site has a shared site access with a 200+ unit housing development under construction and with new residents on site. We therefore liaised with the developer on a daily basis to ensure that the lives of the new residents were unaffected by our works.