WR Dunn Architects
North Trade Rd, Battle Care Home
GSE were appointed to undertake both the structural and civil design for this 70 bedroom care home with associated car/cycle parking plus amenity space and landscaping.
Loadbearing masonry walls with precast concrete planks forming the floors, supported on intermediate steel beams. Top storey created within timber trussed roof. Deep (2.5m) concrete trench footings were required due to the presence of nearby trees in shrinkable soils. Deep foundations were developed in conjunction with the contractor as being the most economic construction solution, the alternative being a piled and ground beam solution.