This project involved the construction of a new 3-storey, 37 apartment independent living scheme, community library & and joint services complex.
Enabling works involved the demolition of the former library, housing and 5 independent buildings, accommodating child care facilities. The library facilities and housing office were temporarily relocated to nearby premises to continue to serve the community throughout the construction works.
Through working collaboratively from the outset with our client, we successfully value engineered the scheme to provide added value. In particular, we developed a building solution which incorporated 3 construction methods to meet the accommodation and design requirements within our client’s brief.
The ground floor library was made up of a structural steel frame, large open floor area and curtain walling with hollow core precast GF slab. The ground floor apartments were constructed using traditional masonry and insulated precast flooring, the first and second floors were formed using timber frame with masonry façade.
Our design review resulted in 7 additional apartments being constructed within the same building footprint.
The façade is a mix of brickwork stretcher bond and stack bond with large areas of monocouche render. Numerous glazed juliette balconies also contributed to the ground and first floor façade. The roof is a mono truss design with PIR insulation board.
Internally, works comprised complex M&E installations (inc. power, lighting, CCTV, fire alarm, individually controlled MVHR systems, Wireless Access Points Wi-Fi, sprinkler system, induction loop, individual flat intercoms, fully automated key-fob access and solar panels).
Located on the ground floor, the Strelley Road Library provides contemporary library resources and study space, in addition there is an information desk for Council and housing services and an interview / meeting room for Nottingham City Homes. The library provides the community with improved computer access and equipment; including free Wi-Fi and a dedicated under-fives children’s area.
The new Independent Living Scheme accommodates apartments for persons over the age of 55 or disabled, specifically designed to provide independence within a secure environment.
A communal tenant room is provided along with communal parking and gardens for tenants. All apartments were completed to the highest standard, whilst accommodating the varying needs and abilities of the residents.
Externally, the scheme was completed with extensive drainage works, a new entrance road and car-parking, landscaping & boundary fencing. Existing landscape features, such as mature trees and hedgerow were retained, and additional trees and vegetation were planted along with the installation of bird boxes to enhance the ecological value of the site.
Winner ‘Regional Housing for Older People’ at the Elderly Accommodation Counsel Housing Awards
Winner ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’ at the LABC East Midlands Building Excellence Awards