Junction House

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The Project:

 Junction House on Hood Road in Barry, is part of an urban regeneration project delivered by Newydd Housing Association in partnership with the private sector. The full programme was for a mixed-use development, called ‘Goodsheds’ which saw the refurbishment of historically significant buildings, together with new homes, using innovative methods of construction.

Our brief:

 This was our first project for Main Contractor Jehu Group, and one of three running with them simultaneously. We were asked to design, engineer, manufacture and build the light steel frame superstructure for a four-storey apartment building. The project used our patented Thermashield system, cassette floors, part over a transfer deck with integral hot rolled steel to house 24 social and 18 open market one and two bedroom apartments.

Challenges Faced

  • System and working practices: As this was the first time we’d worked with Jehu, both companies experienced a steep learning curve – working with the challenges of using an unfamiliar product on a major scheme, coupled with the pressure of a tight delivery requirement for site
  • Design: The building was made up of a combination of brickwork, brickslip system and cladding with recessed brickwork detail. The building also stepped back at the third and fourth floors so required further design and structural engineering detailing
  • Covid-19 Lockdown: Continuing site works during the Covid Lockdown presented further challenges – ensuring new healthy and safety measures were in place and social distancing guidlines could be adhered to throughout.

Our delivery:

 The challenges of this project were overcome by excellent coordination and communication between all teams. Successful delivery also couldn’t have been achieved without the commitment of all parties to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines, but despite the challenges, we completed our works on time and to the complete satisfaction of our Client.