Nature of project:
The project saw the conversion of the former Post Office building in Bury St Edmunds. Located in the Town Centre Conservation Area, the completed scheme delivered two ground floor commercial units, 12 flats and widened pedestrian access from Cornhill to the Arc shopping centre. The building’s historic Victorian façade was preserved, with the remainder of the existing building demolished and redeveloped.
Methods of Construction:
We introduced our temporary works design to the permanent works solution early, ensuring that the façade retention works, including props and shoring were designed to ensure that internal structural works could progress without the need for adaptation.
Logistics challenges were worked through during the second stage including co-ordination of deliveries around a major bus route for the town, and limited space for site welfare and cabins. We installed the tower crane inside of the building using the lift shaft, designing the floor layout with simple infill sections once the crane was removed saving on cost, programme and disruption caused by other methods.
The project has presented several significant challenges which have required creative and collaborative management. These have included;
The scheme was undertaken in close proximity to neighbouring buildings;
Environmental and Waste Management:
The scheme featured a solar PV array, air source heat pumps and solar thermal hot water.
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