Waldeck Builds on Award Success
29th November 2012
A project involving consulting engineering firm Waldeck has won an award for its efforts to improve development and environmental standards in Peterborough.
The residential housing project on North Street in Stanground, developed by Cross Keys Homes, has been given the Construction Award for Single/Multiple Dwellings at the 2012 Development and Environment Awards organised by Peterborough City Council.
The awards were judged by architect Columb Hana, Peter Sargent from the Peterborough Civic Society and Councillor Lucia Serluca. According to the judges the scheme stood out because of its complex nature: “The client and development team faced many challenges designing and constructing this housing project on this interesting, but difficult site.
“A third of the site was in the flood plain, the brick river retaining wall was failing and contaminated made ground and old deep foundations from the historic Maltings had to be removed before piling.”
Waldeck, which has 10 offices across the UK including one on Cross Street in Peterborough, was appointed by housing association Cross Keys Homes to carry out the civil and structural engineering work.
This included the design and detail of the piled foundations, load-bearing masonry superstructure, foul and surface water drainage scheme and external car parking.
Waldeck worked in partnership with Quadrant Surveying, the Architect's Design Consortium and Stepford Homes on the development which consists of eight two and three-bed homes. Work on the project started in April 2011 and was completed in January 2012.
As well as the design, Waldeck’s team of engineers headed up by Director Paul Housego was also responsible for negotiating with the Environment Agency.
“One third of the site was built on a flood plain and adjoined a water course maintained by the Environment Agency,” explained Paul. “The river bank was in a poor state and was in danger of collapse.
“Waldeck negotiated with the Environment Agency to remove the falling down wall to a suitable level and designed the new embankment to ensure that in normal conditions there would be no standing water on the site, whilst maintaining the criteria set out in the flood risk assessment.
“This was a challenging project but thanks to our creativity and years of experience we were able to overcome all of the problems we faced.”
The presentation for the 2012 Development and Environment Awards took place on Friday (23rd November) at Peterborough Town Hall.
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