Cambria Consulting are appointed as Civil and Structural Engineers for the new Maelfa Wellbeing Centre, in Llanederyn Cardiff. This scheme is being delivered through the Designed for Life Framework: Building for Wales NHS framework. The centre will be joined to the existing Powerhouse Community Hub and will include three principal zones; Wellbeing Zone including multipurpose seminar and community rooms, shared café, interview and measurement rooms; Health Zone including replacement GP surgery facilities and community out patient services; Team Zone including office and admin suites, district nurses and midwives’ stores, breakout spaces.
The site of the Wellbeing Centre is very challenging in terms of topography and very compact. The structural solution for the building includes a braced steel frame which would provide open, column free flexible spaces. The ground floor slab will be suspended to avoid major earthworks and retaining features on the site. There is almost a 3m level difference between the proposed FFL and existing ground levels at the rear of the building.
Cambria have provided a drainage strategy, transport statement and travel plan to support the planning application for the development. Cambria are also instructed to compile and submit the SuDs application to the newly formed SuDS Approval Body (SAB). This site will be one of the first in Cardiff to go through this new process in Wales. The drainage strategy for the site includes a linked series of porous paving, rain gardens, swales and ponds.