High Warren, Ashtead (2015)
Set amidst the tree lined avenues of arguably Ashtead’s most prestigious address you will find ‘The Warren’ private estate. A development of five 5/6 bedroom detached houses with garages by Millgate Homes, for which UKCSA Member Woodside Cast Stone supplied the wet-cast, cast stone. Each property was individually designed to project its individual character but maintain the elegance of time-honoured architecture.
Woodside's supply included profiled cills and splayed heads to the Whyteside & Pinebrook properties with full chamfered surrounds supplied to the openings on High Warren, Ryemead & Saxonheath. Within the design brief it was specified that all heads were to be supplied as structural, to remove the need for an unsightly steel lintel showing on the underside. This proved a particular challenge, as some of openings were in excess of 4m clear span and the resulting heads weighed in excess of 800kgs, but were still quite a slender section. Woodside's technical department advised on design features and submitted reinforcement recommendations to ensure that the design met the client’s requirements.
A structural porch surrounds was supplied to Ryemead that was installed as the build sequence progressed. The surround was designed to span the 2.7m opening and carry the outer brickwork and inner blockwork to the 1st floor level and gable.
Structural porticos were supplied to the remaining four houses, all installed by UKCSA Associate Member PCS Stone Specialists.
Woodside's structural portico designs have become the favoured choice to a large number of housing developers due to their speed of installation, quality of the finished assembly with fewer joints and the minimised disruption to the site. The need to cast any insitu RC on site has been completely removed, meaning that, following a typical 2-3 day portico installation process, other trades, eg. drainage, balcony flooring, etc.., can commence finishing their work immediately, without the need to wait 14 days for the support props to be removed.