Generation Ltd
Structural and Civil Engineer

Chester Road, Manchester

A new build residential block on the site of the former Bull’s Head pub on Chester Road. The development comprises a new 6 storey block with a mix of 1 and 2-bed apartments and duplex-apartments, 27 apartments in total. The development also includes parking for 8 cars and a bicycle store, along with communal and private terrace areas.

Structural solution will generally comprise of steel frame with composite metal deck floors to level 4. Above level 4, bespoke layouts including irregular external wall layouts are to be formed using a lightweight steel frame  supported on traditional steelwork transfer deck, requiring coordination of subcontractor designed lightweight frames with supporting structure.

Foundations to the new building are to comprise of bored piles into underlying shallow bed rock. The building footprint sits directly adjacent to an existing three storey building with cellar. This will require Party Wall agreements to be in place for the new works, taking into account safe distances for new piling works to the existing building, consideration of low vibration piling techniques to avoid damage to the existing structure and design of cantilevered foundation solution in close proximity to the existing building.

The site lies within a low risk Flood Zone 1, however drainage design for the site will look to offer a 50% reduction in surface water run off rate in accordance with Manchester City Council SFRA requirements. This will be achieved by including approximately 16m3 of surface water attenuation below the proposed parking area to the rear of the site.

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