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Little Meva, Mevagissey

Client: Stonehouse Design & Build Ltd.

JGP’s full multi-disciplinary services were employed on this luxury sea front development within the Mevagissey harbour.  The property is located in the historic Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey.  The Little Meva development comprised the conversion of a former boat-building yard into nine sea front high-quality houses. The scheme also involved the addition of an extra storey on the existing building, as well as up-grading the sea wall.

JGPs services utilised at this prestigious sea front development included:

  • Geotechnical investigations of the cliff and ground conditions at the site;
  • Structural survey of the existing sea wall, design of up-graded wall and technical support during its construction;
  • Structural inspections and analysis of the existing building to ascertain the feasibility of adding an additional storey. Because of the constraints imposed by the difficult site access, traditional cut roof structures were required;
  • Design of new foundations (which comprised piled ground beams) as well as the design of the new superstructure extension;
  • Infrastructure survey of existing services at the site and design of new surface water drainage; and
  • A strength and stability assessment of the narrow and difficult site access road.

The improved sea wall involved strengthening and raising its height and the incorporation of a wave deflector.  Buttresses to the strengthened sea wall were incorporated into the residential units.  Furthermore, the design had to address environmental issues such as increasing sea levels.  In addition, the surface water drainage system was designed to cope with wave over-topping.  Extensive liaison was undertaken with stakeholders, including the local Planning Authority, Environment Agency, South West Water and the Harbour Master.