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St Laurence Drive, Wormley

St Laurence Drive, Wormley

St Laurence Drive, Wormley St Laurence Drive, Wormley
ContractorJarvis Contracting ArchitectRDT Architects
ClientQuantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council Value£8,500,000 Description

A joint venture project between Quantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council to provide elderly persons and dementia care for the local area. The home occupies a derelict school site immediately alongside the ‘New River’ which provides drinking water to London.

This home provides more radical architecture than previous examples for Quantum Care. The front communal area adopts a curved façade with zinc cladding and clerestory style windows, while the main bedroom area beyond has a more traditional feel to blend in with nearby housing. The building is arranged over two storeys, with the front section adopting a full steel frame while the bedroom areas utilise traditional loadbearing masonry construction with precast concrete floors and a combination of precast concrete and trussed rafter roofs.

As part of the project PEP have had to design and detail a significant length of new access road, both to serve the care home and an adjacent future residential site. There is also a requirement for off-site drainage installation works.

The home will provide 75 bedrooms, plus two specialist bariatric care suites, and is being fully detailed and coordinated in BIM. 

 

Bericot Way, Welwyn Garden City

Bericot Way, Welwyn Garden City

Bericot Way, Welwyn Garden City Bericot Way, Welwyn Garden City
ContractorJarvis Contracting ArchitectPozzoni
ClientQuantum Care and Hertfordshire County council Value£7,000,000 Description

A joint venture project between Quantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council to provide elderly persons and dementia care for the local area. The home occupies an area of former open space within an existing housing estate.

The building comprises two and three storey traditional loadbearing masonry construction, with precast concrete floors and a combination of precast concrete and trussed rafter roofs. In addition there are substantial areas of steel framing extending to roof level within the central core area, and a number of steel framed balconies. The building sits in an area liable to solution features, and consequently foundations have been substantially reinforced and designed to span over potential future voids.

The on-site drainage scheme discharges to the public sewer network via a hydrobrake flow control, resulting in the requirement for a substantial volume of cellular storage crates below the parking area.

The 75 bedroom home is required to achieve a BREEAM excellent rating.

 

Garden City Court, Letchworth

Garden City Court, Letchworth

Garden City Court, Letchworth Garden City Court, Letchworth Garden City Court, Letchworth
ContractorISG Construction ArchitectRDT Architects
ClientQuantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council Value£6,750,000 Description

A joint venture project between Quantum Care and Hertfordshire County Council to provide elderly persons and dementia care for the local area. The home occupies a derelict school site off the Whiteway.

Comprising two and three storey traditional loadbearing masonry construction, with precast concrete floors and a combination of precast concrete and trussed rafter roofs. Substantial areas of steel framing were required at ground floor level due to the requirement for various cantilevers and overhangs above. As the site is below the adjacent public highway it was necessary to install a significant sheet pile retaining wall, over 150m long, with a retained height of up to 5m. 

The on-site drainage scheme incorporated various SuDS features including permeable paving, cellular storage crates, hydrobrake flow control devices and a large landscaped swale.

The 75 bedroom home achieved BREEAM excellent and was officially opened in October 2015.

 

Dukeminster, Dunstable

Dukeminster, Dunstable

Dukeminster, Dunstable Dukeminster, Dunstable Dukeminster, Dunstable Dukeminster, Dunstable
ContractorISG Construction ArchitectRDT Architects
ClientQuantum Care Value£4,500,000 Description

An independent home, fully financed by Quantum Care, it comprises two and three storey loadbearing masonry construction with precast concrete floors, trussed rafter roofs, thin-joint blockwork and areas of steel framing. The home provides 75 bedrooms plus communal facilities on a brownfield site close to Dunstable town centre.

Old foundations and underground chambers from former industrial buildings provided particular challenges to the design team, and some limited site remediation was also necessary.

The surface water drainage system for the scheme discharges to a series of traditional soakaways across the site.

The home was officially opened in June 2015.

Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust

Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust

Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust Goodmayes, NE London Mental Health NHS Trust
ContractorMansell Architect.
ClientNorth East London Mental Health NHS Trust Value£2,500,000 Description

PEP were appointed by Mansell on this Design and Build contract, to redevelop part of the Goodmayes Hospital site in north London to provide a 72 bed care home.

The building is of traditional construction, with loadbearing masonry walls supporting precast concrete floors. Foundations are of traditional trench fill construction.

The building was designed to accommodate concrete pod en-suite shower rooms.

Cardington Court

Cardington Court

Cardington Court Cardington Court Cardington Court Cardington Court
ContractorSDC ArchitectPRP
ClientBedford Pilgrims Housing Association Value£5,000,000 Description

PEP provided full civil and structural engineering design services for this Design and Build Extracare Residential Home, comprising 55 self-contained apartments plus communal facilities (assisted bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, hairdressing salon, cinema room and lounge) over four storeys. Superstructures are of predominantly loadbearing masonry construction, with hollowcore precast concrete floors and roofs. However, significant areas of steel framing were required at ground floor (to carry loadbearing walls over the communal areas) and to support cantilever balconies to the upper floor levels.

Difficult ground conditions were a key feature of this development, with a very high water table, loose granular subsoils and significant areas of disturbed ground resulting from the demolition of a previous care home on the site. The final foundation solution adopted shallow reinforced strip foundations spanning between vibro-stone columns. The stone columns were taken down through the loose subsoils and disturbed ground to densify both strata, and thereby enabled foundation excavations to be kept above the water table.

The surface water drainage system utilises shallow crate soakaways positioned above the water table.

Doddington Court

Doddington Court

Doddington Court
ContractorSDC ArchitectArchial Architects
ClientSanctuary Housing Association Value£9,000,000 Description

PEP provided full civil and structural engineering design services for this Design and Build Extracare Residential Home, comprising 50 self-contained apartments plus communal facilities (assisted bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, hairdressing salon and lounge) over three storeys. The development also incorporates 10 intermediate care beds which will be used by NHS Cambridgeshire for patients who need intermediate or palliative care, or rehabilitation. Superstructures are of predominantly loadbearing masonry construction, with hollowcore precast concrete floors and timber trussed rafter roofs. However, significant areas of steel framing were required at ground floor to carry loadbearing walls over the communal areas.

Being situated in The Fens meant ground conditions were poor (a mix of variable soils with poor bearing capacity). As a result the foundation solution utilises piling and ground beams to achieve adequate support to the structure.

Providing adequate foul and surface water drainage were major challenges on this project. Months of on-site investigations and negotiations with Anglian Water, the Environment Agency, Internal Drainage Board, Local Authority and residents were necessary to agree viable solutions. This has resulted in surface water being heavily attenuated on site before being discharged via a previously unknown sewer link to the IDB ditch network, while foul discharge is heavily restricted and discharged via a new pumping station and foul rising main across neighbouring farm fields and into the public sewer network.