Creating a New Community Centre, North London
September 2020

When HSP Architects and Price & Myers wanted to transform a listed commercial basement in Temple Fortune to create a new community centre, they needed to look no further than Newton Specialist Contractor Arti Construction to perform the waterproofing.

The Project

The basement, part of a four-storey Listed building, was built into a hillside, meaning that three of the walls were either fully or partially below-ground and suffering from water penetration. Arti Construction worked with the design team at an early stage to design a waterproofing solution.

The Solution

With existing Listed basements such as this one, Arti Construction was quick to recommend a Type C cavity drain waterproofing solution in the form of the Newton CDM System. Type C waterproofing is the safest and most reliable form of waterproofing that will deliver a completely dry internal space, whilst also causing the minimum amount of disruption to the Listed structure.

Before Arti could proceed with the installation, they first had to re-level the existing concrete slab in order to provide a flat and stable floor.

With the structure fully prepared, Arti could then proceed with installing a full cavity drain waterproofing system. This consisted of installing Newton 508 with minimal MultiPlug fixings to the walls and floors to capture the ingressing water. The water is then directed via Newton Basedrain channels to a Titan-Pro sump chamber, for removal by dual NP400 clean water pumps.

The Result

The complex basement space included existing columns, windows and an internal staircase which all had to be factored into the waterproofing design.

Regardless of this, Arti Construction completed the 280m2 installation within budget in just one week, delivering a reliable Type C structural waterproofing system that is also compliant with British Standard 8102:2009.

"We were extremely pleased to get involved at an early stage as a key member of the design team working alongside HSP Architects and Price & Myers on delivering this important new centre in Temple Fortune. Our company approach is built around delivering perfection and reliability for our clients, so working with Newton and using their high-quality products ensures that we can do this." - Lucian Ardeleanu, Managing Director, Arti Construction Ltd.