Cambridge Mews was a large coach house in the spa town of Harrogate. The objective of the project was to convert the building into three stylish town houses. The original building was erected in 1889 and had many uses over the years, including acting as an antique furniture shop and a storage unit for a local building company. Unfortunately, no money spent on general maintenance for a long time, and a water leak from the main water supply had led some subsidence. However, the main fabric of the building was still sound.
Our main challenge was how to divide the building up into three units while maintaining good structural strength and stability throughout, and underpinning the areas where the water leak had damaged the foundations. First, we removed the roof structure in order to take the weight off the walls. We then underpinned certain locations, making the foundations of the building secure. To divide the coach house up, we used steel framework to re-tie the support walls that we removed to allow the design layout to work internally. We also replaced all the roof spars with steel as the structural calculation for roof loads and support aided the design layout. The rest of the project was plain sailing and it was completed on time and on budget.