New Build Basement Hinxton, Cambridgeshire

A client in the Cambridgeshire villages gained planning permission for a house with a ground floor area of 200m². The client wanted a 140m³ basement space at the heart of the house to accommodate his extensive wine collection together with a separate utility room.

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The project

The specification

At the centre of this wonderful new house our client required a 140m³ basement excavating for his extensive collection of fine wine. In addition to the basement area our client further requested that we undertake to:

  • Excavate and pour foundations for the 200m² ground floor
  • Facilitate service entry to the building
  • Install new drainage
  • Construct a concrete beam and block ground floor
  • Lay upstands ready to receive the timber frame building

The solutions

The plans for the basement were left to us. We employed the services of Peter Dann Structural Engineers to create the working drawings, in coordination with Essex Architecture & Planning, the designers of the upper parts of the house.

We broke ground in mid-July and finished in mid-November. This was a very technical build due to the complicated shape of the house and its close proximity to the plot boundaries. We also needed to rise from 3m below ground with a variance of no more than 12mm for the timber frame, manufactured offsite, to fit. We achieved a 3mm variance.

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