Work Starts on £7m Affordable Housing Development in North London
9th April 2013
Construction work has started on a new multi-million pound residential and commercial development in North London.
Sixty affordable homes and four commercial units are being built on the site of a former cinema, which has been vacant for a number of years, on High Road in Finchley.
Waldeck Engineering, which has an office in The Barbican, has undertaken the civil and structural as well as mechanical and electrical works for the £7 million development.
As part of the 18-month build programme the vacant cinema has been demolished to make way for the five-storey block of one, two and three-bed self-contained apartments as well as ground-floor retail units.
Waldeck’s civil and structural engineering team designed and detailed the concrete frame, piled foundations, undercroft parking and drainage system. The multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy also undertook the mechanical and electrical engineering work including full performance design and thermal modelling, a Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) feasibility study and an energy performance assessment.
Waldeck’s Regional Engineering Manager Paul Housego said the firm is delighted to be working with contractor Baxter & King Limited on the development, which is expected to be completed in September 2014.
“This is the first major project we’ve worked on with Baxter & King and we’re pleased to have been appointed to undertake both the civil and structural and mechanical and electrical work,” he said.
“The location of the development on a busy main road in between two existing buildings has presented a few challenges but I’m sure local residents are pleased the old cinema is being replaced by affordable housing which is in high demand in the current economic climate.
“As well as having to fall across the site the land is uneven so we’ve incorporated steps within the building to accommodate the different gradients.”
Ian Lawton from Baxter & King added: “We are delighted to be working with Waldeck Engineering for the first time and hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship”
- Waldeck has worked in a wide range of sectors including social, private and high-end housing, care homes, healthcare, education and student accommodation, renewable and alternative energy, sport and leisure, hotels, manufacturing, highways, rail, stadia, ports and logistics, pharmaceuticals, food processing, cold store and multi-temperature distribution, retail and commercial, MOD, conservation and historic buildings, agriculture, public sector and automotive and heavy industry.
- Its services include structural engineering, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, low carbon consulting, sustainable design, total project solutions, Code for Sustainable Homes assessments, pre-planning and pre-acquisition, site investigation, flood risk assessments, waste mitigation, drainage design, transport planning, alternative bid design, construction supervision, BREEAM assessments, ground modelling, structural surveying, energy assessments, precast concrete, off-site manufacture and hybrid solutions.
- Waldeck has eleven offices across the UK in Lincoln, Sleaford, Nottingham, Bristol, Peterborough, Hull, Grimsby, Sheffield, Birmingham, London and Taunton. For more information please visit www.waldeck-engineering.com or follow us on Twitter @waldeck_eng
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