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The Gatehaus project was to deliver a cutting edge residential apartment scheme within the conservation area of Little Germany in Bradford, a place made famous by the large collection of listed mills which had been built by immigrant traders mainly from Germany.
The project was to deliver a £22 million project for 260 luxury apartments with 120 underground car parking space and commercial space on the ground floor.
Despite the locality and surrounding listed buildings, the planning brief by the local Authority, was to create a stunning iconic building which would be the benchmark for any future developments in the Bradford region.
The building had its own technical challenges as it was to be built 2 stories below ground. The retaining of the surrounding roads was designed by the engineers to be a permanent concrete shutter fitted between steel piles.
The main frame of the building and underground carpark was constructed using an insitu reinforced concrete frame up to the ground floor and then 3 separate reinforced concrete frames for each blocks. Central lift and stair cores added rigidity.
The challenges faced were that the buildings had virtually no straight walls and was an eccentric ellipse on many elevations.
Externally, each building was designed to have its own characteristic with the focal point being the Iconic glass tower. The building was clad predominately in a faceted glazing system and was the first totally residential tower in England to be constructed with this solution. The main challenges faced included dealing with the SAP calculations and noise transference from apartment to apartment.
The surrounding buildings of the development were constructed using ashlar stone, architectural glazing, coursed natural pitched stone and polished blockwork in the central courtyard.
The end result, whilst technically challenging, was to build an iconic building, using the latest technologies and at a level of workmanship that was of the highest standards.
The majority of trades from the Civil engineering and earthworks to the construction of the concrete frame and internal fittings were completed in house by our own tradesmen. Only the M&E and studwork packages were contracted out.
The building won a number of awards including the Building of the Year at the Variety Club Residential property awards along with RIBA recognitions for architecture.