The Parsonage is a £2 million development of stylish two-and three-bedroom red brick affordable homes three miles from Bournemouth International Airport. Whitefox provided Employers Agent and CDM-C services, for the demolition and removal of the nursing home which previously stood on the site and the delivery of the new build housing scheme.
Set in a sloping site in Bournemouth, the design for this building entailed cutting into the site and using a combination of retaining walls and crib lock walling to create a platform from which to construct 12 high end apartments with a contract value of £800k. We were engaged by the Developer to provide Party Wall services enabling the development to proceed smoothly.
Providing Party Wall services to the Developers, this project is transforming an under-used car park area into a vibrant development consisting of a 10 storey residential tower block with 112 apartments and adjacent public car park with 245 car parking spaces.
In 2013 this site was released for re-development by Bournemouth Borough Council, as part of its Town Centre Master Vision. We provided essential Party Wall Services to the Developers to allow three blocks of much-needed student accommodation for the Arts University Bournemouth as well as a car park with 382 spaces for use by local residents, commuters, shoppers and businesses. It features an attractive series of large, bright aluminium ‘fins’ in eight graduating shades from pale yellow through to bright orange and has become a familiar landmark easily visible from the Wessex Way.
Working with the University of Portsmouth, we were employed to act as Party Wall surveyors for this £9 million building programme. Combining heritage conservation with modern technology the grade II listed building was expanded with a fly tower and four-storey extension housing a brand new double height studio theatre allowing the New Theatre Royal to become a key cultural and educational hub in the South Coast.
Situated in front of the West Pier, the Holiday Inn Brighton is undergoing a £3.5 million refurbishment including the introduction of a new ‘American style’ diner. Whitefox have been employed to provide building surveying services including the investigation of concrete defects and the provision of CDM & project management services to ensure a smooth project delivery.
Working with the Developers, we provided Project Management services for the construction of this 5 storey apartment building, with retail use at ground floor and underground parking all perched atop the Narrowcliff in Newquay. The scheme utilised a number of different materials, which, combined with its cliff top location, created many interesting challenges for us to resolve.
The year 3000 may not have reached us yet but underwater living already has! Dubai’s new underwater hotel is already nearing completion and it’s only a matter of time before the hotel will be open for business. The new sea friendly accommodation will be named The ‘Water Discus Hotel’ and definitely looks like something a bond villain would use as a holiday home. The underwater section is located up to 10 meters deep and is composed of 21 hotel rooms adjacent to the submerged dive center and bar. Discs above the surface allow visitors to enjoy the sunshine and new found technology along with macro photography allows them to explore the deep from within the safety of their hotel bed.
Worried of possible disasters? Don’t fret, as the submerged discs are programmed to rise in the event of danger and the top discs are strong enough to withstand tsunamis. However, this hotel is not the first to explore the depths of the ocean. That title goes to the Maldives Rangali islands resort which features a submerged aquarium and a few residential areas. It also claims to have future plans ‘to create a floating golf course on islands, with players able to access each island via underground tunnels.’
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