Merrielands Crescent, Dagenham

We are providing full multi-disciplinary engineering services on this £65m residential project converting a former Ford manufacturing plant in Dagenham, Essex, into contemporary apartments.

Merrielands Dagenham - credit PRC.JPG

Hydrock is delivering full multi-disciplinary engineering services on a four-acre residential development near Dagenham, Essex, for our client Inland Homes. The £65m project, which has gained planning consent, will include 325 residential units and 1,600sqm of commercial space.

Our Birmingham-based team are delivering civil engineering, structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering and geotechnical and geo-environmental services.

The four-acre site near Merrielands, Dagenham, was formerly part of the Ford manufacturing plant, and lies within the London Riverside Opportunity Area: a 3,000-hectare major regeneration zone spanning the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham.

Our structural engineers are designing a concrete frame for five-to-nine-storey blocks of midrise apartments. This includes a finite element analysis of concrete floor slabs to provide the most efficient design, resulting in minimised slab thickness and reinforcement quantities. At the same time, we are working closely with the architect to position columns in the most effective positions. The superstructure is supported on CFA piled foundations.

Our civil engineering team is providing a full drainage design with a series of SUDS features. Close co-ordination between our civil, structural and M&E engineers has allowed effective below ground drainage, services, foundations and piles to be closely co-ordinated during the design stage in a 3D environment to mitigate against any potential clashes during the site works.

Our building performance engineering team are also providing a full suite of mechanical and electrical services including lighting, power, CCTV, fire alarms and hot water heating systems.

Construction began in March 2019 and is expected to last for two and a half years.

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