The conversion of the Listed Mansion House on the Kingswood Manor estate in Surrey required very high performing acoustic floors for these very high quality apartments, the floors also needed to cope with the use of large format tiles, including marble without the danger of any deflection and cracking. This was achieved using the Lewis Deck system for all of the floors, but included the wet-room bath rooms and the incorporation of under floor heating throughout.
The Lewis Deck with resilient strips underneath was installed over the existing timber floor to provide very high levels of both airborne and impact sound protection to the apartments below, this includes the low frequency noise associated with footfall, etc and can be particularly troublesome with light weight floor constructions and hard floor coverings.
Underfloor heating pipes were secured to the top of the Lewis Deck with clip-rails and P-clips before the installation of the free-flowing liquid screed.
Insworke Tidal Mill was originally built around the 1590’s and survived as a working Mill until just before the First World War.
It then had a chequered life as various storage and manufacturing uses until it fell into total disrepair. It went under a major refurbishment and rebuild programme in 2011 to find a new life as a commercial property to the ground floor and residential to the upper floor.
The client turned to a Lewis Deck / screed solution when looking for solve the problem of acoustic and fire separating floors that would allow the new timber beams to be left exposed from beneath to replicate the original beams. On the ground floor Lewis was used to in a similar way to create a warm floor above the voided cellar areas. Lewis Deck on resilient strips was placed on to the new beams with a flanking strip around the perimeter. Underfloor heating was then fixed to the Lewis Deck before the screed was laid giving an overall depth of deck, underfloor heating pipes and screed of just 52mm.
The system is often used in this way in listed buildings such as this to preserve the existing structure and upgrade the performance of the floor. As the floor is laid as a floating structure, that is, without connecting it to the existing timber, it doesn’t damage it and if required, could be removed in the future to bring the floor back to its original state.
The Everyman Cinema in Canary Wharf, London is one of a number of cinemas around the UK that has used Lewis Deck as the flooring system due to the amazing acoustic results that you get from it.
When used in conjunction with a 50mm screed and Sylomer resilient acoustic strips with 100mm mineral wool insulation between the floor joists you get airborne sound results of 45db and impact sound results of 62db which is 17db and 15db respectively better than current British Regulations.
The scheme includes infilling one third of Alexandra Dock with 780,000 m3 of material and reclaiming 7.5 ha of the river to create a new 650m quay wall, which can accommodate three offshore wind installation vessels.
Construction will also involve dredging a new berth pocket, completion of earthworks and surfacing, building internal access roads and service networks, construction of a new Roll-on / Roll-off ramp and demolition of some existing buildings.
South Shields recently became home to what may well be the most environmentally conscious street in Britain, Reed Street.
The not-for-profit Four Housing Group has designed and built Sinclair Meadows, Reed Street – a carbon negative development that consists of 21 residences. Designed with the well-being of its residents in mind, the project prized the long-term benefits of green building over short-term profit-making – and the model could prove to be an interesting template for future urban designs.
Best of all, the team believes that the carbon footprint from the construction will be negated within just three years.
Each of the buildings at Sinclair Meadows in South Shields has been constructed with natural materials at the forefront, such as timber frames, hemp insulation, lime render, and sustainable timber.
In addition to creating a solid structure that helps lock in CO2, these materials are largely recyclable or biodegradable if and when the buildings are not in use.
The architects have oriented the houses to the south to maximize natural light and allow the sun to heat the interior of buildings. Each roof is also equipped with photovoltaic panels, and the electricity demand for the street should be covered on-site.
The building feature a high degree of thermal insulation, so their heating requirements should be easily covered by a communal biomass boiler that runs on recycled wood pellets for fuel.
This unique project which is constructed with solid spruce logs is the largest such construction of this method in the UK and one of the largest in Europe.
The Russian log walling and glulam system had previously been assembled in Russia. Desertoak, the main contractor were on site for 23 weeks constructing the Frame.
Desertoak were named as the principle contractors on the new Riverside club house and conferencing facility in Stratford upon Avon.
The buildings facilities including a bar and restaurant, a head office for Avon Estates and conference facilities over 2 floors.
The new clubhouse has a floorspace of 18,400 sq ft and its footprint broadly replaces that of six buildings which were demolished.
We were initially contacted by the main contractors engineer regarding the use of Lewis Deck to the ground floor of Ingerthorpe Grange. The building is a grade 2 listed property just outside of Ripon, North Yorkshire.
The project was to completely renovate the internal areas of the house and bring it up to current standards. They were looking for an efficient and solid system that would allow the use of UFH on the ground floor and remove the potential for squeaky timber floors as the original ground floor timber joist and floor were damaged beyond repair.
During the rip out phase of the works it was found that the timber floor joists over the basement areas were rotten and needed to be replaced. After a discussion with us regarding the problem we suggested using the FastSlab ground floor system as its lightweight and quick install benefits would allow them to get back on programme and also allow the use of the Lewis Deck and therefore keeping the design changes to a minimum.
Initial project meetings first started in early 2008, the clients owned a small cottage on the site which had been extended several times during the 80’s and had permission to make further adaptations. The mixture of building standards meant that their home was extremely drafty and very energy inefficient. The site itself is particularly exposed. The design which achieved planning permission was a crescent form which steps and slides into the slopes on the site. The crescent formation is in direct response to solar orientation.
The brief was to design a building which would accommodate the family for many years into the future, the planned occupancy would be for 5 adults. Additionally, the home will be used for large family occasions. A requirement was set for a minimum 16 seated spaces to be available for dining during these family occasions.
Op-Deck was added into the scheme very early into the design process as the way of creating the highly insulated structural floor as the house was being designed under Passivhaus standards. The overall U-value of the property is 0.1w/m2K as standard. The system was installed on the lower and ground floors and also the roof.
The land owners of Seadune contacted us as they were having planning using regarding the foundation design on their new house that they were looking to build. The site in question was very close to the coast and they were effectively building on the beach. As such the planners required the building to have foundations that would allow the building to be dismantled and moved away from the sea in the event of major coastal erosion.
As FastSlab is constructed using galvanised steel screw piles it is perfect to be used in coastal areas. Each section is also bolted together and as such can be unbolted. This allowed us to build into the design a way of unhooking all the elements and to be able to re-position them further away from the initial location should the need arise.
Plot 1, The Old Post Office, Brockhall Village is a self build home for a director of a local construction company.
We were contacted, in September 2016, by a very enthusiastic individual who had used Lewis Deck previously on a commercial project in the Bolton area of Lancashire.
After seeing how easy it was to install and then how the underfloor heating performed in conjunction with the Lewis Deck he told himself that when he built his new home that finally he had found the perfect solution to the problem of an efficient heating system to upper floors.
With also getting the added benefit of solid floors, that won’t ever squeak or creak, and much better sound reduction properties he ordered the Lewis and had it delivered in the same week.