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.