Photo of apartments entrance
Artists impression of development

Image Credits: Crowther Associates Architects, Southern Housing Sales

Project Description

Client: Mortar Nova Developments
Location: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex
Year Completed: 2019
Project Value: £5m
Contractor: Mortar Nova Developments
Architects: Crowther Associates Architects


Located within the Montpelier and Clifton Hill Conservation Area, the scheme involved demolition of the derelict 1960’s Montpelier Baptist Church building to make way for three new residential blocks comprising 5 town houses, 19 apartments and a ground floor D1 commercial unit.

The buildings were constructed using a Metsec prefabricated Structural Framing System (SFS) supported off reinforced concrete transfer frame and, in turn, onto piled foundation. This method was chosen as a cost effective and sustainable design option offering efficient construction performance.

The exterior features brickwork cladding and rendered features to blend the facades with surrounding Grade II listed buildings. In recognition of the buildings sympathetic design and visual contribution to the local streetscape, Mortar Nova and Crowther Associates were awarded the prestigious Montpelier and Clifton Hill Association 2019 Conservation Award.

Gyoury Self provided full structural and civil engineering services across the project. All engineering work was undertaken collaboratively with the design team within the BIM environment.


The Challenges

This is a five storey structure with regular layout above first floor level but with restricted column locations within the car parking and driveway area at the rear of the ground floor level. Additionally, the internal space of the front unit was restricted to a single internal column location, requiring a transfer structure at first floor level.

Due to close proximity of an existing basement in a neighbouring property, the piles have been set approximately 1500mm from the face, due to the ‘gate’ on the rig and the ground beams are cantilevered over these to pick up edge beams and columns, against the wall, with heavy point loads.

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