The Parklane Group are due to open three new developments during 2019. Luxury student accommodation brand, IconInc, will continue to expand with a new location in Lincoln, Roomzzz Newcastle City will benefit from an extension, and the group are set to open their tenth Roomzzz aparthotel, in the historic city of York.
With work now well underway at all three sites, read on for an update about how the builds are progressing.
A team of 16, from Broadley, have been working tirelessly since January to demolish three existing structures which once stood on the site – that of an old school, a parish hall and a coffee warehouse. The deconstruction was especially challenging as three important facades of these old buildings, are to be maintained and incorporated into the new structure.
Following the clearing of the site, a reduced level dig for archaeology was completed, before work on the foundations commenced. The building will sit on pile foundations (these foundations are deeper than usual and are used for extra strength) so a pile mat platform was then created for the huge piling rigs to travel around the site on.
The piling works are now complete and sub-structure works are beginning with pile caps (thick concrete mats) and concrete ground beams being cast. A vast 900m3 of concrete will be used for the foundations in total – that’s 82 concrete mixers full. Below ground drainage has also been installed.
Works began in November 2017 to extend the aparthotel in Newcastle city centre. And Broadley are currently working to erect the Cross-laminated timber structure, having completed two of the six floors now. This method makes for a quick build and is more environmentally-friendly than other building methods due to the use of the renewable materials.
The city centre location has created challenges for the team of sixteen so far as space is tight on the site. There is also only one road which allows access to the site so it’s been difficult delivering materials and manoeuvring machinery.
Prior to the timber works, piling works have been completed using a 32m jib, and 200 tonnes of concrete foundations have been laid. 80,000 bricks have been ordered to complete the exterior of the building. The extension will create 74 new apartments, and facilities such as a lounge and coffee zone, which the aparthotel currently lacks.
It’s no secret that York is prone to flooding so care has been taken to minimise the risk every step of the way at the newest Roomzzz development. The main areas of the aparthotel are being built four meters above ground level and the existing flood defences on the site have now been reinforced with concrete too. The reinforcement proved difficult for the Broadley team as they worked around the current defences, to avoid disturbance.
All ground works and the concrete structure are now finished, and the Cross-laminated timber frame is in progress. The frame for the smaller wing of the building is all in place at this point so, for the first time, we can see the apartments taking shape. Not only is this non-traditional timber construction technique quick, it’s also considered a safer way to build with wood.
Roomzzz York will consist of 97 apartments, a gym and a café/deli. The build promises to be the most picturesque Roomzzz location yet.