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Exmouth Extra Care
Exmouth Extra Care
Exmouth Extra Care

Exmouth Extra Care

A brand new 61 unit scheme replacing an existing care home in a residential area of Exmouth, with views over the Exe Estuary.
  • Client:
    Methodist Housing Association

  • Project Value:
    £15m

  • Services Provided:
    Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy Services

  • Added Value:
    Revit 3D software was utilised to create an accurate model of the superstructure, which allowed for full co-ordination with the computer models produced by the architect and mechanical engineer. The lengths of precast concrete floor planks were maximised where possible to limit the amount of load-bearing masonry walls within the footprint of the building.

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    Exmouth Extra Care
Description

The development consists of a mixture of one and two bed independent apartments served by dining and communal facilities and multi-purpose activity rooms. The grounds surrounding the building is landscaped with formal gardens and seating terraces, screened by trees on the boundaries. The site is accessed via a driveway leading from Drakes Avenue.

The building is of load-bearing masonry construction up to four storeys high, with the footprint of each floor varying to suit the topography of the site. The lower ground floor forms a semi-basement, overlooking the formal gardens and with a full height retaining wall to the rear supporting the walls of the building above. Precast concrete floor planks span between load-bearing masonry walls at each level with a steel sub-frame used at lower ground floor where the communal areas require large open spaces and clear spans. On the upper floor, a number of apartments are located within the roof zone and therefore the precast planks are used as a transfer deck to support a timber frame which can accommodate the room layouts and roof profiles.

Due to the varying levels across the site, both the foul and storm water sewage systems require a small pumping station to raise the flows up to the level of the pipes in the public highway.

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