One Blackfriars is an awe-inspiring sculpture, as it gazes down on the River Thames it provides a magnificent addition to the London skyline.
Paxton Court in Tenby is a development of 36 one and two bedroom retirement apartments, developed by McCarthy & Stone. The development on a coastal site in the town centre of Tenby, south Wales, was designed specifically for the over 60s, with many residents enjoying a sea view. A full range of support services is included for residents, including a 24 hour emergency call system to provide support for those of advancing years.
The property replaced the Royal Gatehouse Hotel, which was ruined by fire. And it was named after Sir Robert Paxton, a leading figure in Tenby’s emergence as a fashionable resort in the 19th century. The colourful design was prepared by C2J Architects of Cardiff, noting the traditional style appropriate to Tenby’s historic centre.
Taking account of the site’s history, everyone involved with the development was keen to ensure the development had correctly installed systems to prevent and mitigate fire issues, not least in the basement: the tight town centre site features a basement car park.
Developer McCarthy Stone called on Adexsi to help by designing, supplying and installing pressurisation to the building’s basement lobby and car park area. Adexsi liaised with the local Fire and Building Control authorities to ensure the resulting VeriPark installation was approved and delivered to tight deadlines, for a timely installation on site.
In London’s Belgravia area, it is rare for a major residential opportunity to present itself. In Ebury Square, Berkeley Homes have created 71 elegant luxury flats and houses alongside a remodeled traditional central London square, with apartments selling from £1.95m and homes at prices up to £3.85m. With space in central London at a premium, the development included three levels of basements for parking and storage. The site is adjacent to London Underground tube lines, making the construction of the basements a challenge. Adexsi were tasked with arranging extracts from the underground parking areas, ensuring the five shafts were correctly equipped. In such a high quality project, it was essential that residents could not detect the equipment running from within their homes. Not only did the structure need to prevent the sound of passing trains being transmitted, it also had to ensure that extract equipment operated at extremely low noise levels, to prevent any impact on residents.
A solution using axial fans and Adexsi’s Veripark smoke extract fans was designed to meet the needs of extract from the three basement floors. Isolation was designed into the mounts, to ensure the system minimized any potential for the transmission of noise or vibration to the homes located above. An acoustic survey conducted by specialist A Williams of Barry ensured the installation met the extremely tight performance requirements demanded by the design from consultants Briggs & Forrester.