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

Magowan Park, Derry

 

127 houses and apartments on a former high school site.

Ground models were created, after which full cut & fill exercises enabled civil engineers to design three level platforms from a steeply sloping site within an orbital access road. This was done with minimal removal of material off-site.

Retaining structures of up to 3.5m were designed to enable the creation of level back-to-back gardens.

A TAS retaining wall at the lower end of the site was raised to effect drainage.

Contamination hotspots were remediated, notably around the removal of a deep basement and fuel tank. Hydrocarbons were capped with an inert layer of clean, imported material.

Various drainage design options were considered due to the complex nature of the gradient, underground services and siting of roads and homes. An existing large-diameter, combined storm and foul sewer had to be diverted prior to construction. Close liaison with NIWater and Rivers Agency resulted in the speedy provision of a newly requisitioned storm and foul sewer.

Being built in excess of 1m above the surrounding land, Geotechnical approval was secured for road design and construction. A right-turning lane off Southway was formed to access the site and constructed under an Article 3(4c) agreement for modified public roads.

Dwellings were constructed from traditional masonry on strip-fill, piled and trench-fill foundations according to ground conditions. Roofs were on timber supports.

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