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Mixed-use – 15-Room Student Co-Living accommodation and commercial units

Liverpool Road is live project, at the time of writing this piece in October 2021. The existing set out is formed by 6 terraced commercial units which has been disused and neglected for several years, some due to severe structural fire damage and others due to business closing or simply left empty. The existing building is next to an existing brook, Fowlea Brook, which makes the construction of any new project face some challenges and constraints. The main constraint of these buildings is that they are situated in a flood area.

The proposal consists of three large retail units on the ground floor and a 15-room co-living space in the first and second floor. The second floor in entirely new, a new addition to the existing building converting the internal roof space into high-quality en-suites rooms.

Several challenges in this project such as the mitigation of careful and sequential re-construction of the 3 buildings affected by fire. Also, the stabilisation of the new storeys re-suing as much as practicable the existing structure. The foundations are to be piled due to the poor soil conditions.

A structural survey with the aid of a drone was carried out at the early stages of the stripping out. The aim was to assess the degree of the fire damage to assist the contractor on a strategy to install the new structure whilst ensuring the remaining structure is restraint in position.

In this project we provided structural engineering and Party Wall advice and carried out the Schedule of Conditions.

Liverpool Road case study