Built into a hillside
A set of 4 large and modern semi-detached new build properties south of Guilford. The buildings were inserted into a steep slope, meaning that two of the four stories were actually below ground level at the rear. Croft Structural + Civil's experience in reinforced concrete design ensured that the engineering challenge of retaining 7m of soil and the rest of the hillside behind was met.
Best methods of construction
Due to tight height restrictions, we were able to minimize the structure required to gain valuable extra inches in each level of the houses. We also used our knowledge of construction techniques to help the Contractor make decisions on the best method of construction where the narrow gaps on the party walls. The houses were built out of timber frame which were constructed off site and prefabricated to reduce the construction time on site.
To the front of the garden where the building meets the forest stone gabions were used. These provided a good transition from the man made area to the natural. They also provide a different feel and look to the garage.