The transformation of the derelict Dentist Surgery into 2 apartments is complete! Beau property have done an amazing job and we are delighted to have completed another successful residential development with them.
Pile foundations are not as scary as they sound and are often employed on small scale domestic schemes where ground conditions are poor or the extension is in close proximity to vegetation.
There is a stigma surrounding pile foundations that they are drastically more expensive than a traditional trench or strip foundation however, this is not always the case. Pile foundations can be a cost effective solution, as we found out on an extension in Leigh, pictured below.
When are piled foundations needed?
You’ll need a qualified assessment and soil investigation to let you know exactly what to expect in terms of the best foundation solution for the ground on your site. Generally speaking, the type of land conditions, or external factors, that could give rise to piling include:
Unconsolidated filled materials, artificially imported, which are very difficult to properly compress.
Naturally formed and highly compressible subsoils, like peat.
Low bearing capacity subsoils which could include wet clay or loose and unstable sand.
High water tables that are capable of flushing subsoils, which leads to the risk of erosion and/or sink holes.
Subsoils with a propensity for volume change, such as highly shrinkable clay.
Proximity to large trees and vegetation.
Demolition of existing building and foundations causing unstable ground conditions.
Pile foundations have been used on this extension due to a large oak tree that was within 5m of the extension. An arboricultural survey and structural engineers report concluded that pile foundations would be the most cost effective solution, avoiding a hand dug, 2m deep trench foundation.
Coleman Anderson are really happy with how the extension in Leigh is shaping up. The internal space has been created and the banding is formed ready to be dressing in zinc. We are looking forward to seeing final stages come together!!
Coleman Anderson have recently gained planning permission for an office development in Tunbridge Wells. The scheme is a significant piece of work as it will provide much needed office space at a time when many offices are being made into residential developments.
The scheme includes the refurbishment of an existing building and a large extension with glazed link to the rear. Positioned within the Tunbridge Wells Conservation Area the redevelopment of the existing building scheme will significantly enhance the local area whilst providing a boost to the local economy.
CAA are pleased to announce the approval of a project in Sevenoaks involving the transformation of a 1970’s family home. Features of the design include a complete external make over to bring a contemporary feel to the house, while internally, a large triple height entry hall filters natural daylight through the house with a grand stair leading to a fully converted loft space with 2 additional bedrooms.
As a practice we are always looking to expand our client base and for to be involved in new exciting projects. Along with our proud reputation, that leads to many recommendations, we have recently been working with a local marketing company based in Tunbridge Wells to improve our 'visibility' both online and through an advertising campaign. Our campaign will include individual adverts and an informative editorial in SO magazine and The Times of Tunbridge Wells over the space of 6 months
As wells as advertising in the local press we continue to work on our social media presence with regular posts on INSTAGRAM, PINTEREST and TWITTER. Why not follow us to see what we are up to and keep up to date with our projects and unique designs.
Tony started his career in the London offices of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, LLP. During his time at SOM, Tony joined the firms Chicago office to collaborate on the Design and Construction Documentation for London’s Broadgate Tower & 201 Bishopsgate, (Best Tall Building Europe 2009)
Following Tony's time with SOM, Tony spent 6 years with international architecture firm and Supertall building experts Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago. This also included 3 years in Dubai as the firm's Middle Eastern representative for projects in the region including, the Masdar Headquarters building in Abu Dhabi, The Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, and the Burj Khalifa Gatehouses in Dubai.
Tony then returned to the UK where he worked as a Project Architect at Adamson Associates International where he held the position of resident Architect for The Shard in London, providing technical support and guidance to the Shard construction and facilities management teams and Architectural services for design enhancement projects within and around the Shard and London Bridge Quarter.
Following Tony's global adventures he formed his own practice 'TT Architecture' swapping supertall skyscrapers for a far smaller scale of architecture. Tony applied his exquisite eye for detail and extensive knowledge of construction to the residential market.
Coleman Anderson are delighted that Tony has decided to join the company. Tonys experience and ambition will further strengthen the practice and bring a new and very exciting dynamic to the office. Tony, welcome!