The previous site was used for light industrial use and the ground was found to contain contaminants including asbestos containing materials.
The Aparthotel and Student Accommodation are to be separate entities and therefore should be structurally independent of each other. It must also be possible to demolish one side of the boundary line without undermining the other.
The basement construction requires a deep excavation across most of the site and therefore large retaining structures are required. These retaining structures are to be unpropped in the temporary stage to assist with construction works and must also provide support to the proposed buildings.
Construction of the foundations and low levels of the buildings commenced prior to a planning decision being granted on the application for an additional 100 beds. The design of the foundations and low levels needed to take this into account by accommodating both the additional loadings and potential changes in positions of vertical elements.
The parapets on this project are up to 4m in height and must allow for a safe means of access and egress for future maintenance of the façade and windows.