Type: Post Graduate Student Accommodation Location: Tudor Street, Exeter, Devon
We are currently involved in a complex development in Tudor Street, Exeter, involving demolition of existing industrial buildings and replacing them with high quality Post Graduate Student Accommodation.
We commissioned Lanes Group to carry out a drainage survey so that we can assess the strength of a culvert running beneath an Elizabethan building. The drainage team came up with a novel idea of mounting the drainage survey camera on a surfboard and floating it through the culvert, resulting in good quality footage of the structure.
The site is surrounded by adjoining structures and boundary walls necessitating complex Party Wall Agreements with the adjoining owners. We have had to provide details of temporary propping of walls and specialist foundation design to satisfy the requirements of the Party Wall Act.
Running through the site is an existing leat which cannot be diverted so we are faced with having to work around this, bridging the structures over the leat with reinforced concrete foundations.
The site is piled and a specialist low vibration method of piling has been adopted to protect adjoining structures and boundary walls and to satisfy the Party Wall Act.
We are assisting the contractor on site throughout the works, providing detailed design as work progresses. The nature of this project involves continued assessment as surrounding features and foundations are uncovered during the work. This requires a fast response from us to avoid delays on site, which we are successfully achieving.