The Settlement at Ashley Hall

Type of Project:


Scope of Work:

SWPPP Controls, Clearing + Grubbing, Grading, 2 EA Water Main Connection For Water Mains, Water Main + Water Services, Sewer Connection to Existing Sewer Manholes, Sewer Mains, Sewer Manholes + Sewer Services, Storm Drain, Concrete Curb + Gutter, Asphalt Signage + Striping


148 Ashley Hall Plantation Road Charleston, SC 29407


Carolina Holdings Group

General Contractor:

JWC worked directly for the developer of this project



Project Overview:

Situated along the picturesque Ashley River in West Ashley, this project site carries a rich legacy spanning over 340 years. The creation of a new residential neighborhood on such hallowed ground demands a meticulous approach, ensuring the preservation of its historical significance. As a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it proudly houses one of South Carolina’s oldest surviving structures—the home of Stephen Bull, constructed in the 1670s and standing resilient through the Revolutionary War and the U.S. Civil War.

Our primary goal was to fashion an exceptional and intimate community comprising 47 single-family homes across the sprawling 14-acre expanse, with the Ashley River providing a breathtaking backdrop. The heart of the development revolves around the historic Stephen Bull brick structure and a monument dating back to the late 1600s. Beyond Stephen Bull’s legacy, the property boasts ancient heritage live oak trees, emphasizing the imperative to safeguard its historical roots.

The introduction of city water to the site necessitated the installation of 825 linear feet of 8-inch ductile iron pipe water main along the adjacent Ashley Hall Plantation Road. Overcoming the challenges of navigating tight residential quarters and respecting the protected heritage live oak trees demanded innovative solutions. Instead of the conventional open-cut trench excavation, the water main installation employed precision jack and bore techniques to navigate the intricate root systems, ensuring the preservation of the live oaks.

In essence, the project prioritized the preservation of the site’s history, the integrity of the Ashley River, and the harmony with neighboring residences. Through collaborative efforts between the developer, SW+ construction administration team, and the JWC project team, this site now stands ready for new home builders and discerning home buyers, maintaining its historical resonance and offering a piece of the past in a modern context.

Challenges & Details:

  • Property is on the National Register of Historic Places. There is a 340+ year history. It is also the home site of Stephen Bull. In 1676, Stephen Bull was granted 400 acres along the Ashley River and founded one of the first plantations in South Carolina, named Ashley Hall.Stephen built a small house where he lived and his children were born – a small single-story brick structure that still stands today as one of the oldest surviving structures in South Carolina.
  • Property is irrigated via a pump system installed by the developer alongside the new pond within the property.
  • Maintaining the integrity of the Ashley River was paramount. The pond was installed along with an approximate 10′ deep outfall control structure, 234′ of 48″ RCP, a separate beehive-grated bubbler box, and over-sized riprap area at the bubbler box assembly. All this was done to mitigate unclean site run-off.

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