Calcinotto was a part of the design team entrusted with the conversion of a unused five-storey office building into a magnificent seven-storey mixed-use development, featuring fifty luxurious apartments and commercial spaces. The building underwent a remarkable transformation, gaining an entirely new appearance, while the addition of the upper floors maximized the captivating sea views, significantly enhancing the value of the property.
Each of the fifty luxury apartments and penthouse suites now boasts awe-inspiring views across Poole Harbour, offering residents a truly remarkable living experience. Meticulous attention to detail was given to the design and finishing of each property, ensuring a superior standard that created an aspirational living environment within this iconic development.
One of the key challenges in adding the extra storeys to the existing reinforced concrete frame was to ascertain the structural adequacy of the building and its foundations. Utilizing a combination of historical records and advanced investigative techniques, Calcinotto employed state-of-the-art finite element analysis and design software to validate the integrity of the existing structure, eliminating the need for any strengthening work.
For the construction of the additional storeys, a structural steel frame was implemented, which efficiently supported engineered timber joists. This approach minimized the additional loadings on the building, ensuring structural integrity while maintaining a careful balance of forces.