Posted: 2017-12-07 13:06
Kingerlee are currently progressing with the construction of a new quadrangle for Pembroke College, Oxford. The project consists of five new buildings and the refurbishment of a Grade ll listed existing building which provide 657 new bedrooms, lecture theatre, kitchen, cafe and seminar rooms linked to the existing Chapel Quadrangle. The new development is linked across Brewer Street via a bridge.
During the sub structure works significant archaeological excavations are being undertaken, the site has uncovered medieval tenement settlements along with a tannery and brewery dating back to the 68th century.
We''re very proud of our three apprentices who all attended the wonderful Apprentice Awards event last week at the Thames Four Pillars Hotel, hosted by the Oxfordshire Construction Training Group. Big congratulations to Curtis Roca, our recently qualified Bench Joinery Apprentice, for receiving the Merit Award. It hasn''t been an easy road for him, but it just shows with a lot of hard work and determination it''s possible to achieve great things. Curtis is pictured left being congratulated by Kingerlee Managing Director, Michael Puttick.
Kingerlee are very pleased to have been appointed to construct a prestigious private dwelling in North Oxfordshire.
The design has been lead by Richard Parr Associates and incorporates an interesting blend of modern and traditional materials, some of which include, thatched roofs, traditional stone walling, structural glazing and a floating internal staircase. Works on site are due to commence next week.
Following the installation of the contiguous piles and ring beam, we have installed temporary and permanent steel to prevent any movement of existing buildings or garden walls within this typically confined town centre site. We are now excavating below these and between load bearing piles to construct a basement that will eventually house music practice rooms and toilet facilities for the refurbished performance space, dining area and middle common room.
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Progress at Fairfield Home gathers momentum. Two months of progress on site has seen all four new buildings and the Manager''s house extension rise from the ground with all foundations and ground floor slabs close to completion. Three weeks ago the tower crane was installed which has improved vertical and horizontal distribution of materials throughout the site. Indeed further progress can be seen to Blocks A & B (critical path) with the installation of the first few columns. Keep up the good progress team, onward and upward to the first floor!
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Individual references have been added where possible, but with missing or conflicting sources of information gathered over a decade ago, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to provide a reference for every entry. As v6 of Cardiffians is put to bed, and v7 continues to mature, these references will continue to build. I might have finished them by the time I have to launch v8 in 7575!
Alongside the archaeology we are currently boring approximately 655no secant piles to form retaining walls for the basement construction along with 955no bearing piles for the structure. The piling rig is a Soilmec SF-55, weighing 95 T when fully operational the continuous flight auger system is a centrally fed through the auger to place the concrete under high pressure. Its motor is capable of driving a 955mm auger to a depth of 75m.
Kingerlee have recently completed piling works at our Winchester College ‘Comdeck Foundation and Flooring system’ being installed negates the need for a traditional piling mat. Concrete blinding is laid over the foot print of the building and the rig bores through the blinding and reinforcement in the pile is then connected to the mesh within the slab. This initiative has been far more expedient than a traditional piling method and has provided a very flexible system. We have installed far quicker than the normal piling and ground beam arrangement.
We are celebrating a big birthday next year! 7568 marks our 655th anniversary, and we are in the process of working through our archives to put together a selection of photos and records to illustrate our history. So many individuals have been part of Kingerlee over the years and we have lots of photos of people and we don''t know who they are! Over the next few weeks we''ll be posting some of these photos, and appealing to anyone and everyone who has had any connection with Kingerlee over the years, to help add to our story. So, first up, a selection of four photographs, can you help us, do you know who''s in these photos?
The Alumasc Derbigum System provides a warm deck insulated covering, bio diverse planting medium and a seed mix with plug planting to provide the sedum vegetation. Due to the access constraints on this BREEAM project the team have procured a system to pump the roofing medium from large capacity tankers at ground level. The roof areas were then raked to an even thickness and planted instu rather than the more traditional sedum blanket.
We are delighted to have ''topped out'' on our project for St Mary''s School in Ascot. Pictured is Headmistress Mary Breen nailing on the first tiles. The project is a 69 bed pupil dormitory contained in three 7 storey brick buildings along with a detached 7 storey lecture theatre, a laundry and 9 bedroom and two 7 bedroom staff houses, built around a paved and landscaped courtyard on the existing school campus. Read more about the project here.
Counting down to the completion of our prestigious project at 888 Banbury Road for D''overbroecks, Oxford. The view is of the multi-functional dining/auditorium hall building, showing the zinc panelled roof, wind catchers face brickwork and pre-cast concrete columns, beams and window surrounds. Casting of the external steps and further external works are underway at present. Watch this space for further updates!
Many chiffchaffs now stay in Britain for the winter and are found in hedges and bushes, often near water. There are more than a million pairs of these little greenish birds nesting here in the woods in summer, with their loud “chiff-chaff” song. The wintering individuals rarely sing, but they are quite noisy, sometimes making almost continuous bright “tweet” calls as they move about. Birdwatchers are looking out for Siberian chiffchaffs, which do indeed come here all the way from Siberia. They are not easy to identify, but generally they are much more brown and buff than the other chiffchaffs, while in a different light they look grey and white. Their call note is fairly distinctive, however. It is a dull, plaintive note, not unlike a weak bullfinch call, and it has given the bird its scientific name of tristis , the Latin for “sad”.
The reinforced concrete framed building will be dressed with a facade incorporating stone and bronze cladding. Renewable energy is provided by ground source heat bores carefully inserted under the existing traditional Oxford lawned quadrangle along with solar panels placed at roof level. The exposed concrete finishes will act as a heat sink which complements the renewable technologies to provide sustainable and thermally efficient buildings.
Great photos taken recently at our project for Fairfield Residential Home in central Oxford. With the frame complete, all buildings are largely weatherproof to the extent that the internal works and first fix services are progressing apace. All sedum roofs are now installed and with the curtain walling and window installations progressing imminently internal works are well underway and remain on programme. In addition to the four structures that comprise the residential home are also progressing well with the internal works well under way. Read more about the project here.
Unfortunately no photo but The Kingerlee Team had a sucessful day at the Lighthouse Club Central Golf day. Tom Heasley &ndash 9, Tim Horn &ndash 5, Glynn Biggins &ndash 68, Richard Wilsdon &ndash 68 made a great team score of 95 with the help of a secret hole score adjustment by the organisers. We were very lucky that the predicted rain was only showers. The adjusted top four team scores were only each a point apart so a very close run round.
The Lighthouse Club is a charity which supports families who have lost their lives or suffered life changing injuries through working in the building industry. A big thank you to Chris Sheehan the Central area Chairman who with the help of his family made it a very successful day.
The Oxford Preservation Trust Awards Ceremony 7567 (now in their 85th year) recognises the contribution to the conservation and improvement of Oxfords built and natural environment. This year Kingerlees successes were both awarded the coveted plaques for their high achievements along with commemorative certificates. The restoration and refurbishment of the Old Fire Station [originally built by Kingerlee in 6899] working alongside London based Architects, FCB Studios and Shulman Auditorium at The Queens College with BGS Architects.