Colebrook Court, Hertford for Network Homes

Colebrook Court - Network Homes
New Homes
Cuffley, Hertfordshire
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The Challenge

United Living has been delivering The Ridgeway Regeneration scheme with our client Network Homes since 2016 which comprises demolition of existing buildings and construction of 35 houses, 86 flats and associated infrastructure, landscaping and drainage.

In 2018 we were asked to look at an existing residential block adjacent to the development and were appointed to undertake the design and remodelling of Colebrook Court and associated landscaping works, as a separate contract.

The Solution

The 1980s building was vacant and works included remodelling the existing 14 one-bed flats, to provide 11 two-bed units, including three units within a new roof top development as well as a complete strip out to structure and installation of new MEP services, new partition walls, window replacement and construction of new private staircases with openings formed through the existing block and beam ceilings/floors.

The new single storey Roof Top Development was constructed with a lightweight steel frame (LSF) solution with zinc over cladding to the roof areas and rainscreen cladding around dormers and a new full height entrance and stairwell. As this is an ‘all electric’ building, the roof top envelope is super insulated, triple glazed and ventilated using MVHR technology.

All windows on the block are to be replaced with zinc frame to be in keeping with the adjacent new build development. The front facing stairwell bay windows withwhite infill panels are to be replaced with glass panels with zinc frames. A ‘Schindler’ lift within a new shaft was also incorporated, which was a considerable challenge within the existing structure.

Asbestos R&D Surveys identified Asbestos within the building – located mainly within the loft area, which has been removed by specialists.

The Impact

Works complete late Summer 2020.