Richmond Lending Library is a Grade II listed building, and was the first public library in the country, opening in 1880. We are providing advice on the replacement of the roof lights, and during an inspection of the existing roof we discovered that panelling was hiding badly charred timbers. It transpires that the roof was set alight by incendiary bombing in November 1940, during The Blitz. The refurbishment of the roof in 1946 retained some original members, so further investigations are need to determine the extent of damage along with an assessment on the capacity of the retained members.
The scheme will comprise and demolition of some existing structures and retention of others, followed by the construction of new buildings of up to 9 storeys in height with a single level of basement, for a mix of commercial and residential uses.
St Petersburgh Place
16 St. Petersburgh Place is a five storey mid-terrace house located to the north-west of Kensington Gardens and just off Bayswater Road built in circa 1830s-1840s. The house is undergoing complete internal refurbishment with the installation of new floors on all levels to create an open plan living space. A new three storey mews house with basement will also be built in the rear garden, its front elevation facing St. Petersburgh Mews. Currently, temporary propping is used to stabilise the main house whilst the existing floors are replaced with new. Underpinning of garden walls and excavation works are currently in progress.
The general refurbishment of a Grade II* listed building in Chelsea. The major works including floor strengthening for the new room layouts and finishes, whilst retaining the original features and structures and the creation of a basement extension for the installation of a lift.
Bacton Phase 2
The renewal of the Bacton Low Rise estate by Camden Council provides the opportunity to redevelop the site, replacing the existing post-war housing which is in disrepair and in poor condition and creating new high quality, sustainable homes for the existing residents. Replacing low-rise development with high-rise and better spatial planning unlocks the opportunity to also build market sale homes, cross subsidising the affordable and social housing and creating a mixed tenure, socially integrated neighbourhood. Improved design of the public realm of the site will enhance the community spirit by offering thriving pedestrian routes, establish natural passive surveillance and incorporate communal and private green spaces and courtyards and active street scenes.
The development at Kings Court, 68-70 Chertsey Road in Woking comprised of a seven-storey commercial tower and a single storey basement. The typical plan layout is regular from the 1st to the roof level and arranged for office space. The ground floor is larger and extends to the entire footprint of the site, as does the basement. The area outside the building at ground and basement level are used for parking.
The superstructure is a reinforced concrete frame, with the 1st to 7th floor generally made up of 280mm thick post-tensioned concrete flat slabs. The ground floor and plant roof area are normal reinforced concrete flat slabs. The roof comprises of a steel structure which extends around the plant area. The steel columns support a lightweight steel deck and are aligned with the mullions of the facade.
There are 2No lift/staircase cores to the central area and 1No staircase core to the north area of the building, which provide both vertical and horizontal stability for the structure.
The structure is on a raft foundation, connected to the perimeter secant piles and liner walls.
Mile End East Estate Homes
MBP have been appointed by Gracewood Construction to provide structural and civil engineering services for the refurbishment and extension of the existing housing blocks forming Mile End East Estate for the client, East End Homes. The project will deliver 142 new dwellings, creating approx. 9,740m2 NIA, a proportion of which will be affordable homes. The additional units will be formed by converting existing garage space and building additional storeys on the roofs of five blocks on the estate. In addition to the new dwellings, the works will include external refurbishments, new lift cores and circulation spaces. The project is being split into 3 distinct phases, the first of which is due to commence on site from March 2020. The new levels will be constructed using cold-formed light gauge steel. After providing initial feasibility advice, MBP is now embarking on the detailed design. This will involve the design a new steel grillage to transfer the load from the new extensions into the existing load-bearing elements and making sure that the existing blocks that were constructed between 1968 and 1974 meet the current Building Regulations.
Grove Lodge is a Grade II Listed residential property sited over 3 storeys, with parts of the existing building fabric dating back to c.1700. The structural alterations to the property involved sympathetically refurbishing the interiors of the existing dwelling, while retaining the existing elevations, and the construction of a new two-storey extension plus basement the garden. The new basement was constructed using a secant piled wall around the perimeter, with reinforced concrete floors and liner walls. The new garden extension was constructed using load bearing masonry walls, and lightweight timber roof and floor structures supported on structural steel framing. The dwelling was once the home of novelist and playwright, John Galsworthy, and the room where Galsworthy wrote The Forsyte Saga, was protected throughout the refurbishment works.
The proposed 13-storey building involves the refurbishment and extension to the existing hotel to thenorth west of Portman Square. The proposed building retains the existing towers, re-positions the podium and extends the towers to form a distinctive loggia at roof level.
the proposal seeks to transform the building and re-position it as a high quality hotel.
King Alfred School
A new 6th Form Centre to replace the former MFA building at the King Alfred School. The new two-storey building is a timber platform structure, with LVL roof trusses and floor beams, supported by timber stud walls. LVL elements were designed and detailed to be exposed internally and echo the external timber cladding. Both roof trusses and first floor beams follow a regular grid with 1200mm spacing between them. This regular spacing allowed the LVL sections to be kept light and make the most of the material’s properties, while being aesthetically pleasing and preserving a sense of space. Particular attention was given to connection details as well to keep them invisible.
North London Collegiate School
This project comprised the infill of a courtyard within the Junior School buildings with a 2 storey steel and timber frame building to create an IT room and a double height library. The programme, sequencing of works and structural solution were coordinated with the school calendar to minimise the disruption to the pupils and school staff.
The first floor is a composite deck slab and all internal and external walls are made of studwork. For this project MBP designed and detailed both the primary and secondary structure including all studwork.