Our building services team started work on a refurbishment of a dilapidated flat in one of Brighton’s most popular areas.
This project is being carried out for a client for whom we have carried out many building projects over the previous 3 years.
Situated over a disused garage in a terrace, the planning consent is to convert the current single storey 1 bedroom 1st floor flat into a 2 storey 2 bed 2 bath apartment with a roof terrace over the garage below.
The work is planned for completion mid-July, by which time the existing roof will have been completely removed, a series of steel beams installed and an additional Mansard style roof added. Being situated in the conservation area means that details such as window styles must meet with the approval of the conservation officer.
The works carried out so far have been associated with demolition and site clearance with a view that, the main steels will be installed by the time the carpentry and joinery team arrive on site – due 20th March 2013.
As is often the case with construction projects, a number of issues that were identified as cause for concern have indeed materialised. The most significant item being the connection into the main sewer. An existing drain was viewed and plans drawn accordingly, however when we attempted to expose the old drain into which the connection was to be made, it was found to be significantlly deeper than the estimated 600mm. It is in fact 2.4m deep! As a result, we have gained the approval of the Building Control Officer to modify the plan and by installing an extra manhole we are able to access the drain at a point much earlier in its run and therefore at a depth similar to that planned for.
We will look to maintain a progress report on a regular basis.
If you have a project that you feel our building services team may be able to assist with then please do contact us.