Design Team: William Neill Associates, Enniskillen
Phase 4 of this development was completed in May 2009. This phase involved the construction of 13 No. 2 storey detached and semi detached 3 bedroom homes.
The construction generally comprised of concrete pile foundations and reinforced concrete ground beams; solid rising walls with precast concrete floor slabs; external facing brick and plastered block work insulated cavity walls plastered internally; prefabricated timber roof trusses with concrete tiles; PVC windows and hardwood timber doors; Mechanical and electrical installations; Supply and fit of kitchens, fireplaces, sanitary ware, floor and wall tiling. These houses were finished off to a high quality ‘turnkey’ specification.
As we had completed several earlier phases in this development we were working in a ‘live environment’ and had to make the health, safety and welfare of the house holders our priority when planning and scheduling works. This involved preparing a detailed Traffic Management Plan. The ground conditions were very bad as regards load bearing, we engaged both a Civil and a Structural Engineer to work with us, both on design and delivery of some complex detail of same on site. Some of the phases required the construction of retaining walls due to the natural sloping site, where cut and fill technique was employed; Overhead NIE cables had to be relocated underground in areas which were going to be future public footpaths or service strips. On one area of the site a volume of contaminated sub soil had to be removed to a licensed tip with the adjacent watercase being protected at all times.