development and
construction consultancy

Wavy Gate, Oxford


A2Dominion Housing Group

Contract Sum

£8.2 million

Project Team

Antony Iannaccone, Martin Ward, Ian Tyrie

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The Scheme

The Wavy Gate scheme, named by children at the local East Oxford Primary School due to the distinctive entrance design, comprises 190 fully furnished, en-suite student rooms and incorporates a central landscaped courtyard area configured to contain an “enclosed” communal area for students to assemble and socialise. The scheme is situated in the heart of Oxford and features bicycle storage, laundry facilities, refuse and storage rooms.

The two 3 and 4 storey buildings were constructed using a prefabricated timber frame system manufactured by EBS Elk. The installation of both buildings covering 60,000 sq.ft of the site only took 10 weeks to complete. The rapid construction included bathroom pods. Silver visited EBS Elk’s main manufacturing plant in Austria with our client’s Development Team in order to acquire a 360 degree understanding of the component structure, process and ultimate sustainability of the building.

Partner, Tony Iannaccone explained, “Our client’s budget had cost constraints and the initial cost estimates utilising a reinforced concrete frame presented concerns as to the viability of the development. The selection of prefabricated EBS Elk timber frame system facilitated a significantly reduced construction programme and enabled a cost reduction of circa 9%. This has allowed the construction costs to stay within budget but importantly provided best value for money for our client.”

Silver also provided Party Wall services. The former building merchant site had over 30 adjoining residential properties and presented potential delays if not addressed and undertaken at the earliest stages. As experienced party wall surveyors, we acted proactively, extending our role to act as Building Owner Surveyor, undertaking and issuing the necessary Awards within a tight timeframe of three months. This enabled the project to remain on programme with the piling works commencing on schedule in November 2012.