We hope to recruit a graduate structural engineer to work in our Belfast office. If you have two years' experience working in an engineering consultancy firm and would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Steven Sloan at 028 9066 7951. Taylor & Boyd, Winners at RICS Awards 2017: Bishop's Gate Hotel (Tourism & Leisure), Brooke Park (Community Benefit), Arvalee School & Resource Centre (Design Through Innovation); Winner at European Healthcare Design 2017: NHS Healthcare Design: Radiotherapy Centre, Altnagelvin Hospital

Burren Meadows, Newcastle


The initial requirement was for 144 homes of various sizes. Significant savings were made and 11 additional homes were constructed within budget. The scheme included general needs housing and a few bespoke dwellings for vulnerable people.

Drainage infrastructure in the area had insufficient capacity for this large development. T&B worked closely with NI Water to design oversized storm drainage with provision against buoyancy, soakaways in each dwelling and three pumping stations to maintain site discharge at greenfield run-off rates. Foul and storm drainage was designed for connection to the local system once local upgrades were completed.

Because of soft ground, buildings were constructed on piled foundations with reinforced concrete pile caps and ground beams to T&B specifications. Road levels across the site and the house levels were raised to provide flood protection. The substructures were precast to benefit from off-site construction. Gas membranes and under-floor venting was designed to deal with potential for radon and methane.

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