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[Group 06] Helicopter Port Guernsey

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Week 4

posted 19 Jun 2012, 02:30 by Group Design Projects Imperial

For our final critical session this week, we were kindly invited to WSP Group offices in Holborn. Our final critical session presented our final design with all the provisions of health and safety as well as the sustainability aspects of our project. We all enjoyed the experience of presenting to Chris Gosden (our client, WSP) and his two colleagues in a professional environment. We were given very informative feedback and criticisms to help ease us into the right direction in preparation for our final presentation.


This week we have mainly been focusing on our presentation layout as this was mentioned in the previous critical sessions. Thorough calculations of the structural analysis and the foundations have been completed and we should now be working towards finalising the details of the project as well as doing a cost estimation of the whole project.

Week 3

posted 9 Jun 2012, 06:23 by Group Design Projects Imperial

Finalising our design was the main priority for the week; we had to incorporate the elevator lift mechanisms into our actual terminal as advised during last week’s critical session. This meant that the design had to modified and adjusted according to the client’s needs. Below shows a sketch up of our proposed heliport design: it has two floors with an extra mezzanine just below the roof level. The first floor will mainly be the business associates who will most likely used the two covered helipads with it also boasting a Michelin starred restaurant and conference rooms for business meetings. The ground floor will be a public terminal where scheduled flights will take place. The mezzanine floor will mainly hold a water tank and be the hub for the control room. 

We have also started our structural analysis for this building where we will be designing for the most critical case assuming that the beams are discontinuous and simply supported. With regards to the sustainability aspect of this project, we had to consider power generation, waste management and material choices. We have been researching into the use of natural and local resources as well as the conservation of the physical and natural environment.  Next week, we will be focusing on finalising all the fine details of the terminal including the final layout of the terminal with a provision for all services and all the calculations relevant to the terminal building. 

Week 2

posted 2 Jun 2012, 07:40 by Group Design Projects Imperial

After our first critical session last Thursday, we were told that we needed to essentially go back to the drawing board and design several new concepts with more detail so that our client can make an informed decision. After much deliberation, we came up with 3 new concepts and developed them further.  The Crescent which is inspired by a parachute has been designed with a moving base platform has a total area of 33900m², the boomerang has been designed with a moving roof with a total area of 13000m² and finally the ship has been designed with an elevator mechanism with a total area of 7200m².

We were also given geotechnical data for our chosen site during the week which we had to extract the important information from in order to look at the site contamination and ground conditions. The facilities of the heliport was also researched such as the passenger terminal, navigation tower, fuelling, fire and police assistance, emergency road services, lighting and maintenance. A member of our group also went to visit the London Heliport site in order to get a better idea of what made it work and what we wanted to avoid. After careful consideration about the number of passengers and the number of helicopters that would realistically fly in per day, we came to a conclusion that 5 business helipads, two of which are covered, and 3 larger helipads were required for scheduled chartered flights, sightseeing tours and addition services. 

We also started working on the initial designs of the terminal buildings. We had to consider the size of the terminal as well as the size of each individual space we wanted to incorporate. Next week we will concentrate on adapting our design to the client’s needs, include more details in the layout plan and start looking at the sustainability aspects of this project. 

Week 1

posted 31 May 2012, 02:58 by Group Design Projects Imperial

Replicating a consultancy company, our client wanted us to create and design a heliport located on the island of Guernsey, a haven for the rich and headquarters for many offshore companies. With an airport already on the island, the client specified that he wanted a more elite mode of transport for high wealth individuals.
During this first week, our group had to research potential locations for the heliport, produce a business plan and present 3 main concepts for the heliport. With regards to location, we looked at a reclamation site, a brownfield site and a green field site. After our first critical review with the client, we decided upon the Longue Hougue reclamation site (Location 1) due to its low environmental impact, coastal location and its proximity to the central business district and the port.

We also produced 3 concepts for the heliport: The pyramidal helipad, the moving base and the sliding roof. The final design is yet to be decided as all designs should be developed further in order to create an efficient eliminating process.

Designing the helipad became slightly more complicated as the client requested for at least 2 helipads must be within the main terminal of the heliport so that passengers would not experience any of the elements whilst boarding and disembarking the helicopter.
In conclusion, our group has worked well as a team to produce all the information required for the first critical session. However, as the client wasn’t particularly drawn to any of the 3 concepts, we are now in the progress of producing more design options for the client. We will also now progress to designing the terminal and starting calculations once the preferred design has been selected.

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