ADELAIDE Wharf is the first scheme to be built by First Base under the London Wide Initiative. The 147-home scheme, which is being built on the site of a former warehouse in Shoreditch, east London, will feature many of the new approaches to building affordable housing that First Base hope will become its t rademark.
The scheme is being built for First Base by Bovis Lend Lease and will features f lat slabs on blade columns using Bamtec roll-out reinforcement mats.
'If you are a formworker what is the easiest way of building a concrete structure? Ideally you are dealing with f lat surfaces and not tying huge weights of reinforcement, because that leads to hand injuries. So how do you get that prefabricated and rolled out? That came from the input of the trade contractor who suggested Bamtec. We asked what was important to them to get quality, safety and speed of construction. At the end of the day cost is an impact as well, ' says Mr Evans.
Adelaide Wharf also features off-site manufactured bathroom and kitchen pods, which it is hoped will be rolled out across other First Base sites to increase the benefits of standardisat ion. The buildings facade is also prefabricated , as are the risers and plant rooms, again following the lead already taken in the commercial sector.