Place Kensington - Mews Town Houses
Place provided a particular engineering challenge to enable five
mews houses to be constructed in a very tight almost landlocked
site. Bounded on one side by residential accommodation and three
sides by gardens, the former dairy and garage buildings were supported
by and partially supported 6 meter high garden walls.
achieve the required storey heights, the site was reduced by 1.5
meter's, requiring the provision of temporary support to the boundary
walls during demolition and a good deal of the construction phase.
The boundary walls were underpinned in sections and strip foundations
were provided across the site to support a partially suspended
ground floor slab with a monolithic retaining wall.
the superstructure appeared relatively straight forward only the
staircases maintained any load-bearing continuity. Traditional
construction of load-bearing masonry with precast floors, balcony
slabs and feature beams of a cast in situ reinforced concrete
were adopted. The roof required particular attention during construction
as cut and pitched rafters accommodated the various shapes and
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