A temporary bat roost was erected on a scaffold tower prior to demolition being allowed. The roost was to be craned into position at a later date to form part of the permanent dwelling. Due partly to thermal requirements and partly due to the open spans and cantilevers, a substantial proportion of the structure was reinforced concrete. This helped mitigate the huge solar gain from the 3 metre high glazing to the South and West ground floor elevations.
An annexe was built in the grounds along with extensive landscaping, including a pool terrace and driveway which was all completed within the 67 week contract period.
The enquiry came from recommendations from two previous clients.
To demolish an existing property and erect a substantial contemporary replacement dwelling on a fine elevated site.
COSTING AND PLANNING
Following consultation with the Architect, Structural Engineers, Service Engineers and Ecologists, various options outside the initial brief were costed. Discussions were held with the Quantity Surveyor, who administered the contract, and a final specification was agreed.
“In my experience it is rare to find a contractor who delivers a project on budget, on programme and to the standard expected - Jaques not only did all three, but moreover did it with skill, personality and good humour."”