The redevelopment of RAF Cardington included the creation of new housing, schools, nurseries, doctor’s surgery, retail shops and a training centre for cadets.

Bellway Homes acquired various sections of the development for which Structa provided engineering support. Phase 1a involved a historic survey and repair specification for the listed Shorts Building for its refurbishment. Phase 1b included the design of 107 plots of low rise residential housing and flats of traditional masonry and timber construction with trenchfill foundations. Phase 2 consisted of 3 sub-phases, A, B & C and involved a mixture of , 99, 128 and 171 units of  new build private sale and social units comprising bespoke houses and apartments.

Phase 3 involves the construction of a 3 storey traditional loadbearing masonry structure with first and second floor apartments over a ground floor doctor’s surgery. Structa are proposing precast concrete floors are proposed at first and second floor levels whilst the roof will be constructed using trussed rafters.  The ground floor provides large open spaces requiring steelwork to support the upper construction and lateral stability frames to buttress the external walls.  We have chosen a pile and ground beam foundation solution for the building due to the depth of made ground and a high water table being present.


Client: Bellway Homes

Architect: CHBC Architects

Contractor:  AD Bly and ECL

Location: RAF Cardington, Bedfordshire


Services Provided

Civil Engineering Design and Details

Foundation Design and Details

Superstructure Design and Details

Environmental Engineering Services