This project at 60 Commercial Road in the East End of London included the demolition of an existing 6-storey office and replacing it with a 19-storey building for client, Pure Student Living. Working with Buckley Gray Yeoman, we delivered 417 student rooms alongside various amenities, retail space and a skylounge on the top floor.
The structure comprises a reinforced concrete frame with in-situ RC flat slabs, supported on blade columns and core walls; column widths were kept to a minimum to allow maximisation of the internal room area. Also, the columns don’t extend below the second floor due to integrations with the building’s façade, so a steel transfer beam supported on steel columns was introduced.
A skylounge is located on the 19th floor, providing space for communal activities and views over the surrounding area. This utilises a partially exposed steel frame to allow for large glazing panels within the façade and an integrated skylight.
Foundations from the existing office, obstructions from earlier buildings, a variable made ground layer and the presence of a number of services running under the bordering pavements and roads, were taken into consideration during design of the basement and foundations. A piled solution was developed, will new piles placed amongst the old ones; these needed to be deeper than the existing due to the extra loads.
This project also included designs for the neighbouring building, 122-126 Back Church Lane. This required the demolition of an existing 6-storey office building, replacing it with a 6-storey RC office with a black ribbon façade. The internal areas are open plan, with a large column grid and columns designed to be unintrusive.
19-storey building providing student accommodation in London
Pure Student Living
Buckley Gray Yeoman
£ 28 million