This large housing scheme in central London provides three different housing categories: affordable, market and student accommodation. Beneath the residential floors are small ground floor retail units, a common podium at first floor level and above ground floor car parking.
Though each has its own architectural character as well as different priorities and programmes, they have to fit together homogeneously.
For housing the most practical structure is a reinforced concrete frame with flat slab construction because it has adequate strength and good acoustic properties, while piled foundations can deal with the high point loads of a building that reaches to twelve storeys. Student housing, though, has an annual window for completion and that programmatic requirement together with the sort of unit, lends itself to prefabricated, self-supporting modules. Being responsible for long-term maintenance but reluctant to need access to individual flats, housing associations have a different priorities, especially for services and rigid specifications, while the private housing in this location benefits from higher than usual ceiling heights, space standards and finishes.
Our engineering concept makes deft use of different techniques to simplify construction and meet the complex programmatic requirements.
A range of different housing needs met on one central London development
Jestico & Whiles
£ 32.5 million