Farrow Walsh commence second phase developments at Bishopstoke Park, Eastleigh
Having been involved with the first phase of the development of the Care Village at Bishopstoke Park near Southampton, Farrow Walsh is now working on Phase 2 of the project.
The project overall is extremely complex and has involved both refurbishment and new builds and has required a multi-discipline approach. The main building dating back to 1844 and known locally as ‘The Mount’ has been sympathetically restored with a number of new buildings within close proximity, some of which are linked to the existing structure.
The development so far has seen 26 Linked Assisted Living Units built with 48 care beds and 28 close care units. Aimed at the over 65’s, this scheme gives them the opportunity to lead an independent lifestyle whilst having access to a considerable level of support.
Phase 2 will see the core of the Village extended to provide another 73 one- and two-bedroom apartments across 11 blocks.
Farrow Walsh are continuing to provide full civil and structural services for their client, English Care Villages.
due to the brown field nature of the site the substructure will involve driven piled foundations while the superstructure is a timber framed construction to ease the build programme. The site constraints including the sloping terrain, proximity to the River Itchen a SSSI and SINK and a number of tree preservation orders has seen issues arise due to previously deposited materials being removed as part of the cut and fill earthworks requirements.
Some of the blocks are stepped into the landscape and have required large retaining structures as the terrain is so steep.
A number of previously unknown wells were discovered and have had to be configured into the already complex drainage plans.
Jon Davey, Project Engineer at Farrow Walsh said: ‘Having been involved with the 3D modelling of the site from the outset, we have a clear understanding of the requirements for phase 2 of this project. It helps that we have a continued working relationship with the client and all of the various parties involved in the development. It is a large scale, complex site, but the pre-planning work undertaken along with all of the flood risk assessments gives us a clear picture of how we can move forward.’
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