We’ve recently been working on the prestigious Moor Park Estate, decommissioning a disused filling station in readiness for the site’s redevelopment with housing. The filling station closed over twenty years ago and all that was left were a few dilapidated lock up garages and rat infested undergrowth. In the past few weeks we have safely decommissioned and removed eight underground fuel storage tanks together with associated fuel pipework. Our in house laboratory has also tested soil samples from around the excavations and across the site, allowing us to confirm that we have successfully removed any contaminated soil associated with the site’s former use. In the next week we will be handing the site back to the client for the next stage in its development.
‘The Sheds’ Passes Airtightness Test
‘The Sheds‘, a Passivhaus residential project in the Cotswolds, took another important step forward recently when it passed its airtightness test, achieving 0.37 air exchanges per hour. This easily satisfies the Passivhaus requirement of 0.6 air exchanges per hour or lower. The Sheds, for which Subadra are both Project Manager and Passivhaus Designer remains on track to be the UK’s first residential Passivhaus Premium building.
The test was carried out by As Built Testing, and was filmed (as is the whole build) by Channel Four for their Grand Designs series. Keep your eyes open for it appearing on your TV screens later this year.
Subadra’s 2021 Results
We’re pleased to announce that 2021 was another hugely successful year for us. Turnover was up 50% and profits were up 600% from the previous year. This is a reflection of the hard work and dedication shown by all our staff. We are grateful to all our clients, suppliers and staff for their respective contributions to our success over the last year.
When Being Passive Just Isn’t Enough
The last decade has seen the Passivhaus standard become established as the gold standard for ‘eco’ housing in the UK. The original Passivhaus standard has recently been upgraded, with two new, more demanding levels added. The most stringent of these – Passivhaus Premium – has yet to be achieved in the UK.
So we are particularly excited to have been appointed as Project Manager, overseeing the design and construction of The Sheds which aims to be the UK’s first Passivhaus Premium house. Our in-house Certified Passivhaus Designer is currently leading the design effort, including PHPP midelling, and will then be overseeing the construction on site, ensuring that the rigorous building standards are met. We’ll be posting regular updates here as the project progresses.
Corana Virus – 3D Printing Face Masks
The BBC yesterday published an article asking for people with 3D printers to volunteer to print facemasks for NHS staff and other health professionals. We’re proud to say that we’ve joined the effort and our 3D printer, which we normally use for prototyping equipment designs and for printing disposable parts, has been pressed into action and is now working 24/7 printing face mask components.
Plate Bearing Testing
To meet the needs of the increasing demand for offsite construction for modular structures, highlighted by the government’s awarding of £3bn modular schools framework, we have invested in another set of fully accredited plate bearing testing equipment for assessing the suitability of temporary foundations or siting crane outriggers.
Of course, for those larger projects, we can offer full geo-environmental investigations, topographic surveys, utility surveys, laboratory testing, infiltration testing and CBR testing, all using our own equipment.
For more information, please contact Steven Partridge – 01296 739413
We do a lot of plate bearing and CBR tests every year. We can generally complete up to ten in a day, depending on ground conditions; softer ground takes longer to test. Our test kit is fully calibrated and we can provide you with results on the day of testing. If you’d like to know more then please contact Steven Partridge – 01296 739413.
There really is something quite hypnotic about watching very large aircraft taking off and landing, so our site team jumped at the chance of spending a few days carrying out soakaway testing at an RAF base.
It Pays To Check
Anyone who has served in the armed forces is probably familiar with the saying “time spent on reconnaissance is rarely wasted”. The civilian equivalent might be “prior planning prevents poor performance”. We think this is good advice and so we always do a comprehensive underground utility survey, including reviewing records held by the relevant utility companies, before breaking ground at any site. If you think this might seem overkill then we recommend that you click on this link.
If you’d like to know more about our underground utility surveys please contact Steven Partridge – 01296 739413
Out In the Cold
It certainly feels like autumn today. Both temperatures and leaves are falling; winter is coming!
So it seemed like the perfect time to take our latest set of surveying equipment out on site for a test drive. It may not look much but the TopCon DS103 Robotic Total Station is the very latest in precision survey kit, whether for carrying out topographic surveys prior to scheme design or for setting out on a construction site.
We’d be delighted to discuss any survey requirements you have. Please contact Steven Partridge – 01296 739413