128 Apartments for McTaggart Construction Ltd and Queens Cross Housing Association:

For this high-density mixed-tenure project on a challenging 1:16 sloping site, three different construction methods were employed across the site after extensive collaborative Value Engineering exercises with the Client, Contractor and Design Team. Block Two, which rises to seven storeys, posed the greatest challenge and thus the most complex construction system was employed involving piled retention with a transfer podium incorporating under-croft parking, with a steel frame construction and a bespoke timber frame four storey element designed in detailed conjunction with the Main Contractor to meet NHBC and UKTFA requirement.

The project includes a variety of fully HFVNs, Lifetime Homes and NHBC compliant homes, which are easily adapted internally to provide layouts for additional needs and varying life styles. A palette of low whole-life cost, H&S compliant materials resulting in improved cost certainty whilst minimising long-term maintenance costs for the Client. Utilising our expertise in Designing Places and Street design, the arrangement of the seven separate buildings have resulted in a variety of architectural and external space characteristics which, with careful consideration of other variables such as landscaping, car-park clusters, and lighting, have resulted in an attractive, desirable and safe living environment with high privacy levels.