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Vantage Place Kensington - Mews Town Houses

Vantage Place provided a particular engineering challenge to enable five mews houses to be constructed in a very tight almost landlocked site. Bounded on one side by residential accommodation and three sides by gardens, the former dairy and garage buildings were supported by and partially supported 6 meter high garden walls.

To achieve the required storey heights, the site was reduced by 1.5 meter's, requiring the provision of temporary support to the boundary walls during demolition and a good deal of the construction phase. The boundary walls were underpinned in sections and strip foundations were provided across the site to support a partially suspended ground floor slab with a monolithic retaining wall.

Whilst the superstructure appeared relatively straight forward only the staircases maintained any load-bearing continuity. Traditional construction of load-bearing masonry with precast floors, balcony slabs and feature beams of a cast in situ reinforced concrete were adopted. The roof required particular attention during construction as cut and pitched rafters accommodated the various shapes and slopes.

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