We were appointed as Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors for the construction of 130 apartments. The planning consent required that 38 of the units were to be allocated for Social and Key Worker housing, these units were Pre-Sold to a housing association.
As all of the units on the site were sold or reserved so the developer decided to proceed with the project as one rather than in Phases. It was therefore decided that a Reinforced concrete frame would form the basis of the structure.
The site was bounded on one side by the Liverpool Street to Cambridge railway line. As the site needed to be served by two tower cranes, consent had to be gained from Network Rail. Also scaffolding had to be erected along the boundary with the Railway line, so again, special consent had to be gained from Network Rail. These works were continuously monitored by Network Rail.
The Construction Programme was of particular concern to the developer as all the units were sold. Alternative solutions to the norm were considered to remove time from the programme, for instance self-levelling liquid floor screeds were used rather than sand cement. As complete floor levels were screeded in one pour, this also proved cost effective.