- March 2017
The planning permission was not straight forward with the rear Gable of 23 sitting on the town's fortification specific permission was required by English Heritage as it classed as a anciet monoment! With permission now in place we can proceed.
Works have now begun removing the roof on No.23a & 23b as well demolishing some existing walls to make way for the new layout and roof trussess.
The team are on-site remove Tons of rubble by hand, a very labour intensive part of the porject but there are few options when working in small space in the town centre.
The team on site have been very busy shifting rubble and Demolishing un0safe parts of the structure.
With all permissions is place the site team have returned to site to continue with works. With the nature of this site being in town on a narrow street the site team have taken every precaution to ensure disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.
This includes techniques and long standing relation ships with local suppliers.
The works began with the removal of the front (a & b) roof which was in very poor condition, the roof timbers were rotten as well as the slates. With the roof removed, it became obvious very quickly that majority of the external/structural walls were in very poor condition and required removal. This was mainly due to years of alterations and the roof not providing shelter which excellerated the deterioration
This was good & bad news. While adding cost to the build, removing 2ft thick walls and replacing with a modern timber slimmer construction we can add 20% additional floor space to each property!
This change in plan resulted in quick decisions to be made on site, with no access possible for conventional construction plant. The Site team was increased from 2, to 8 persons and GMC used a conveyor belt driven plant to cart the demolished materials out the site to our licensed waste removal supplier. The team have used this technique in the past on similar projects. This system can only work with first class team work by the site team. GMC site teams are hand picked tradesmen who make the execution of this task look effortless.
With demolition and removals complete, the site cleared and scaffold prop erected to provide temporary support to the boundary walls. The team turned their attention to the ground works.
Gas, Electric, Water, Drainage & communications services are designed to service the 3 properties in the most efficient way possible. This requires very careful setting out of the finished buildings as the service ducts enter the building in very specific locations.
Services established work has begun on setting foundation shutters.
The construction type at 23 Tweed Street is a reinforced structural raft. This construction type is most suitable for this build due to the shallow depth’s required for the slab meaning no excavations next to existing boundary walls which is best avoided. When building on brown field land the raft offer’s improved continuity over ground with variable strata.
The Site team cast 30 cubic meters of concrete in a single pour using concrete supplied by Gilbert Birdsall of Belford pumped by Reilly concrete pump ltd.
With the raft foundations in for all 3 homes the team have begun super structure works. Insulated timber frame manufactured on site.