Research and Development
As a substantial four storey 1930’s office block, Coniston House required major refurbishment to provide a state-of-the-art medical research facility for a prominent client.
The conversion works involved the incorporation of two 50 bed wards with associated dining areas and day rooms, an extensive kitchen, a laboratory and a pharmacy together with other ancillary and administrative areas.
Crofton was appointed as structural engineering consultants to work in close liaison with the architects, building services engineers and the main contractor in the delivery of this fast track project. Areas of work included the installation of a new bed lift within the building, the formation of major riser holes through floor and roof slabs to accommodate the extensive ventilation ductwork and other building services together with the provision of new below-ground drainage systems.
Additionally, structural investigations of the external facades were undertaken to identify the cause of cracking and deterioration of the facing brickwork and concrete features surrounding the windows. This resulted in the proposal for all elevations to be over-clad with an insulated render system.