Alma Street Stockton

Project Summary

The transformation of the former Alma House into 34 homes for rent, comprising a mixture of types including two-bedroom apartments, two-bedroom houses and two-bedroom bungalows.

The project was funded from Homes England as part of a regeneration project to introduce modern housing into Stockton town centre.

Our Approach

Portland was appointed to assist with all aspects of civil and structural engineering including FRA and Drainage Strategy, road designs, site levels, private drainage and all associated details.
  • Surface water drainage design in accordance with Tees Valley SUDS guidance, Building Regulations and Northumbrian Water requirements.
  • Infiltration and discharge to a watercourse were both investigated in line with the hierarchy for surface water disposal. Both were proven unviable due to ground conditions and the distance to the nearest watercourse.
  • As other options for disposal were discounted a connection to the existing sewer network was agreed with a NWL and the LLFA through the planning process with a discharge rate equivalent to Greenfield rates.
  • Due to site constraints the SuDS design was kept a minimum whilst gaining LLFA approval. The approach that was taken was to propose large diameter pipes to cater for the 30 year storms. In addition, attenuation was designed toaccommodate the 100 year storms. These were carefully positioned on areas of private shared access routes to avoid future maintenance issues. Permeable paving was specified to private drive areas to provide cleansing to the surface water discharge.
  • The highways designs and all finished floor levels were designed to optimise site levels. The resulting design gave a level site generally free from retaining walls and accessible for residents.

Project Testimonial

At Alma Street the steelwork to the balconies was reconsidered and blockwork chosen as an alternative to improve the buildability of the scheme and fit within the budget. Alongwith Portland we were heavily involved in the design stage liaising with the architects to interrogate the design and analysing the programme to ensure the scheme offered the best option for the clients.

The team at Portland always work to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Through our experience of working with them we know that as our design partner they will always offer us the most appropriate solutions for the project. Always focusing on innovative solutions to issues arising whilst never losing sight of the core requirements of the client.

Mark Binns : Construction Director
Esh Construction Limited


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