We were proud to be instructed by Minton Group as Structural Engineers for the redevelopment of Cedar Court, Malmesbury. Currently a disused office building, the proposal was to renovate the building, internally and externally to provide thirty, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.
From our initial survey of the existing building we were able to grasp an understanding of the design principles used when the building was constructed. Reinforced concrete columns supported reinforced concrete floors at all levels. Thickenings were introduced in slabs to act as beam strips to support these slabs. One of the largest problems we faced on this project, along with all similar office-to-residential conversions is introducing service holes through slabs for the apartments. Office buildings are usually designed with limited service ducts to provide for drainage to and from communal toilets and kitchens. The difficulty we faced was introducing well over thirty service holes for new soil and vent pipes. We had to ensure openings avoided beam strips at all levels to maintain the integrity of the structure.
Working closely alongside Peter Kent Architects we coordinated the application of the new protective coating to the external rendered panels and designed retaining walls to the rear ground floor apartments to give the prospective buyers some valuable outside space.