A Site with great potential came available in Upper Tulse Hill. Skyline designs provide a design to fulfil the clients brief to develop the site into apartments.
The ground was clay and due to the trees the foundations would have been deep. To remove the cost of expensive excavations Croft Structural Engineers provided a piled scheme design.
For a fast effective construction a timber frame solution was decided upon. The timber frame was constructed off site. The frame was being constructed while the foundations were being excavated and cast, this reduced the construction time. The added bonus was to pull the Bricklayers off the critical path.
The ground in the area was poor and traditional trench footings would have to be over 2.8m deep. To provide a faster and cheaper solution Croft specified reinforced ground beams support off piles. Providing a strong engineered solution that applies its loads far below areas affected by subsidence in London.
Timber frame is around half the weight of a traditional masonry and precast floor building. The lightweight nature of the timber frame allowed for the piles and ground beams to be lighter and thus reducing the overall build costs.
Contract Value: £110000
Architect: Skyline Designs