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  • Client Hyde
  • Contractor Spelthams Ltd
  • Contract Value £1.05 million
  • Duration 2.3 Years
  • Address 1-7 The Old Goods Yard, Christ Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 0BG
  • Development The design and conversion of the existing station yard building to provide 7 no. duplex apartments for affordable rent.

Project Description

The Old Goods Yard is the design and conversion of the existing Old Goods Yard building at Christs Hospital, Horsham.  The proposal provided 7 duplex flats, (a mixture of 1 and 2 bedroom apartments), for affordable rent and for the S106 contributions for the wider Christ Hospital new build site.

The project required extensive design work pre-tender which included several feasibility options and spacial sketches provided to the Client for their consideration.

The Victorian goods yard building was built in the late 19th Century to accommodate the unloading of freight trains serving the nearby Christ’s Hospital, but more recently and as long as anyone could remember, it had been used as a materials storage facility. As part of Hyde’s mixed tenure College Grove Development, this conversion was carried out to deliver the S106 rented accommodation included within the wider scheme and breathed new life into a previously neglected building.

Due to the huge internal space inside the structure, the contractor was easily able to use excavators, large hoists and plant inside the building, which meant that new foundations were dug and poured with comparative ease. Blockwork load bearing spine walls supporting new steel beams and first floor timber joists were erected inside the Victorian shell, something more akin to the processes at work in new volumetric home factories than a traditional building site. 

All of the units met or exceeded NDSS as well as exceeding base new-build unit EPC ratings and as split level apartments with allocated parking, ample secure bicycle storage and a fantastic finishes specification they are proving to be popular with Hyde’s potential residents and existing local Horsham residents.

Critical Challenge

The critical challenge on the project was to ensure a sympathetic design was completed for the building which is of local importance.  It was crucial to ensure best practice design standards and that Building Regulations were adhered to whilst working within the limitations of an existing building where no external structural adaptationbs were to be made.  MA dedicated considerable time during the pre-tender design phase to ensure the new design outperformed the existing design that our Client inherited to ensure the completed building was fit for purpose and demonstrated value for money.

The above process required careful procurement and management of the making good of various structural defects to provide a solid, fit for purpose, shell to construct the new affordable homes within.

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