Calcinotto were part of the design team appointed to convert a disused five-storey office building into a seven storey mixed-use development of fifty luxury apartments and commercial accommodation. The building was given an entirely new appearance, and significant added value has been created through the addition of the upper floors to maximize sea views. Each of the fifty luxury apartments and penthouse suites enjoys breathtaking views across Poole town and Poole Harbour. Each property has been designed and finished to a superior standard to create an aspirational place in which to live in this iconic development.
The challenge faced in adding the additional storeys to the existing reinforced concrete frame was to prove the adequacy of the existing structure and its foundations. Using a combination of record information and investigation techniques Calcinotto used state of the art finite element analysis and design software to justify the existing structure without the need for any strengthening work. The additional storeys were constructed using a structural steel frame supporting engineered timber joists to keep the additional loadings to a minimum.