A suspected arson attack on a (timber frame) building under construction caused severe damage to Carisbrooke Gardens – the Southwark housing estate building adjacent. After jumping across the street at about 04:30 GMT, the fire roared through the building causing the residents of the 22 flats to flee for their lives. The solution to this terrible destruction was to completely rebuild since the only thing left was the concrete structural frame; and the water damaged timber partitions, – soaked when the Fire Service tackled the blaze.
The phrase completely rebuild had planning implications in terms of modern requirements as opposed to those when the 1960’s building was first constructed. These requirements for modern thermal and acoustic treatment caused less space for the occupants as the overall size of the building had not increased; since the structural frame was deemed safe to receive new building components. New thermal and acoustic material was affixed to the internal walls, and new doors and stairways installed; designed to bring the building up to current fire protection standards.
To solve the space problem, the corridor which once passed inside the structure – was then included as interior habitable space. New balconies and walkways were therefore added on the outside of the structural frame in order to access the units and increase usable space. New modern cladding materials were affixed to the external structure in order to meet the current thermal requirements in line with the government’s carbon dioxide reduction targets. Solar panels were also placed on the roof as part of the planning requirement for 20% of the building’s energy consumption to be provided by renewable energy sources.
Projects in this website were commissioned while at either Brodie Plant Goddard or at Scott Brownrigg.