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

Mersey Street, Belfast


This social housing development consists of 88 new dwellings including apartments, 2- & 3-storey dwellings and wheelchair-user bungalows.

Being a brownfield site and considering the nature of the infill material used in the previous development it was expected that contamination would be encountered during construction. This was confirmed by testing and an appropriate remediation strategy was developed and included within the construction programme.

All units are founded on pre-cast driven piles with reinforced concrete pilecaps and ground-beams. Ground floor is constructed using pre-cast concrete floor units.

A 5m high brick boundary wall was designed to reduce noise pollution and vibrations from the adjacent railway line and Sydenham Bypass. This required complex structural design for piled support onto the poor ground below to prevent overturning. Raking piles were used supported on reinforced concrete ground beams and pile caps; reinforced concrete piers were included in the superstructure. Movement joints required particular consideration using dowelled horizontal connections.

This scheme achieved an Eco Homes Very Good rating.

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