Arkwright Meadows Community Garden

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Arkwright Meadows Community Garden

£200k new building designed by Gil Schalom Architects for Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens

Work commenced on the 12th September 2011

168 tonnes of spoil have been excavated  and transferred across the site

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to form an Amphitheatre, which is just awaiting the seed.

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The original design included piled foundations, this was due to the public

surface water and foul drain directly under the proposed new building

indicated on the drawing below.

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After discussions with Severn Trent it was agreed that a raft foundation

designed by Nicholls Colton could be used in lieu of the original design.

The drains were installed under the new substructure

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A Geotextile membrane placed on top of the compacted ground

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140 tonnes of 6F2 Stone transported in for the 500mm thick sub

base, levelled and compacted ready for the next stage.

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50 tonne of MOT Type 1 stone,10 tonne of sand blinding to form

the base for the proposed reinforced concrete raft and toe beams

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A membrane was placed over the sand blinding and the steel toe beam

reinforcement placed into position.

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Formwork was then constructed in order to form the toe beam detail

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Everything checked, inspected and ready for the concrete

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45 m3 of concrete was then poured into the formwork

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The completed concrete base ready for the insulation and screed

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Formwork stripped and ready for the substructure

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Formation of toe beam 450mm wide and 300mm deep cast as part of the floor slab

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A 102mm class B engineering brick outer skin 12 courses high to form a brick plinth as part of the

flood protection measures

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100m wide DPC incorporated at slab level to the external leaf

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Side elevation, opening is the proposed sliding doors which will look out onto the gardens

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Insulation below plinth level

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External wall insulation 250mm thick


Same view, outer leaf of 100 mm thermalite is to be rendered on completion

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Rear elevation windows to be glazed in obscure glass

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Front elevation opening for proposed barn type door to enable food to be passed out

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Internal flood defence detail. 140mm Marmox Thermoblock block withe 140mm thermalite for thermal

conductivity, 140mm concrete block with cut to line up with external brick plinth top, 1200 gauge recycled

polythene lapped into outer and internal level to form barrier.

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Cavity below flood defence filled with Quinntherm 200mm thick PIR insulation

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Insulation below the plinth incorporated within the flood defence barrier with teplio ties


End elevation side view

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Front elevation

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Internal view

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Side /rear elevation

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View internally of rear sliding door opening

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Parge coat prior to installation of glulam beam to increase air tightness.

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Installation of JJL Joists, sloping 1 degree 146mm over the width of the building 8350mm

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Internal view from underside

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Installation of Glulam and steelwork beams internally

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Air tightness tapes prior to installation of the decking, overall cavity thickness is 500mm

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Completed roof joist installation with 150mm timbers to support up stand detail

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Front elevation

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Internal view looking towards the sliding doors

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Internal view looking towards the front side elevation

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Internal view towards main entrance door and proposed disabled toilet


Proposed disabled toilet


Detail above window heads, polythene to be lapped around window head, reveals and cill

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18mm OSB Roof decking screwed to JJL Joist

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Up stand detail to allow 300mm roof insulation

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View externally of up stand detail to gutter elevation to be clad in Green oak

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View towards the front elevation


Front elevation up stand detail 700mm high to allow 150mm parapet

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Roof area with up stand, double sided butyl tape fitted over joints for air tightness which in turn sticks

to the underside of the polythene

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View of roof towards the rear


Rear elevation view sliding door elevation

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Front Elevation view

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Polythene membrane and 300mm thick insulation to roof prior to the sarna roof covering

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Internal view towards the front elevation, proposed store/office

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Internal rear elevation view, window/door reveals, head and sill clad in polythene for air tightness

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Main front door reveal detail prior to cladding in 15mm OSB

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