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[Group 09] 10 Trinity Square
Week four has been really tough, with the deadline racing into view we have started to feel the heat. Designs for all the key parts of the hotel are coming together and we’ve been able to back up most of our design decisions with calculations which is great. That said it’s not been smooth sailing all the way as often the schemes we chose originally have become invalidated by the constraints of the site so there has been plenty of chopping and changing along the way.
This week Klementyna has been designing the glass facade, looking at the materials and finishes in the development and working on the costings further. Rory has designed the basement excavation works and undertaken a modelling analysis for the retaining wall design. Omar and Theepan have had meetings with many different consultants in order to design the ground works and in particular the tunnel beneath the west wing. Tom and Emily have done a complete load takedown through the new and existing structures, designing columns beams and slabs along the way. Constantinos has worked hard to design a range of trusses to carry loads through the new structure and has completed a very ambitious design! Pete has built on the services strategy and looked at piling options for the new loads. And Gavin has brought together all the floor plans as well as designing the canopy cover for the courtyard area. All in all a busy week!
Now we just have to tackle the final week and deadline day!
The beginning of week three saw the start of the serious calculations. (Or as one team member called it, Hardcore Engineering!) Over the first two weeks we had done large amounts of research into all the various sections of our project, but now it was time to start applying what we had discovered to our problems and coming up with a more complete strategy for overcoming them. Our critical review at the end of week two had proven very positive and our clients had highlighted many things they felt were good in our work, but they had also directed us into further examination of structural works.
Now that clear sub-teams have developed we chose to keep in them and build on what we had already achieved. Rory, Omar and Theepan continued to focus on the basement excavation and decided to arrange some consultations with various geotechnical engineers and specialist companies, and even managed to persuade a very kind man from Keller Geotechnique to explain jet grouting! Gavin and Constantinos continued to work hard at producing some beautiful detailed CAD drawings which allowed us to highlight the key areas we would need to examine further.
Klementyna and Pete undertook some initial costing work looking at the finishings in particular as well as some fire safety and services engineering. And Tom and Emily worked on the new structural scheme for our construction work.
Going forwards we have plenty of work left to do now that we are into the main structural phase of the work. Hopefully by the end of next week we will be able to have a complete load take down through our new structural scheme and we will be in a good position to produce a complete report on our designs. I think we should be able to produce a very convincing tender as to why our designs would benefit our client!
After a productive critical review at the end of week one with Buro Happold we were in great shape to get stuck into the real engineering issues of designing a hotel development in a Grade II* Listed building. Following the review we identified five key areas to work on this week, which were selecting and refining our chosen structural development concept, reviewing the structural strategy for load transferral through our structure, investigating the servicing requirements for such a project, looking at optimising the internal layout of the building, and designing the excavation works for the external basement complex.
Based on how things had finished after Week One, we chose to continue with similar sub-teams to the previous week, allowing continuity with our ideas. Constantinos and Gavin focused on refining their combined concepts for the new build elements as well as shuffling rooms around inside to make the most of the complex new spaces. Tom and Emily worked on structural elements of the design, feasibility of parking provision, and fire safety. Rory looked at the demolition of the existing roof before linking up with Omar and Theepan to develop the basement plans for the exterior of the hotel. And Klementyna worked with Pete to tackle the dark art of services engineering!
We also had to give a development presentation in the PechaKucha format which proved an enjoyable, if slightly tricky, experience. We found the time constraints daunting but we felt the rapid progression of the presentation helped capture the audience’s attention and we hope we managed to show off how exciting our project is. The presentation can be viewed online, so go check it out and see how we’re doing!
On Monday morning Group 9 was assigned the task of developing a listed building from 1922 in the City of London into a high end hotel with luxury serviced apartments for London’s elite. The scope of the project is to create a concept for a new structure to increase the available internal area as well as to consider the layout of rooms within the hotel and the services required. Our first task was to elect Tom Leeman as our group leader, and then we headed out to visit our site. Fortunately this involved heading to the roof terrace of the neighbouring Hilton hotel for a coffee and to check out the views!
Coffee at the Hilton and Concept Design
From here we split up and worked out our approach for the first week. Gavin, Klementyna, and Constantinos worked on three concept designs for our new structural works, as well as giving consideration to the floor space required to fit all of our rooms and services. Meanwhile Omar and Theepan carried out extensive research into the heritage of our existing building and into the implications of the listing. In the 1970’s some short sighted developers built a rather ugly concrete tower block in the centre of the beautiful beaux-arts building, and so Rory developed our demolition plans. Emily and Tom looked at some precedent for such projects restoring and converting listed buildings, while Peter studied the building’s history and the ground conditions of the area.
Going forwards we intend to focus more on the layout and services of the hotel considering the requirements of such a high end development, as well as to further develop the structural works we intend to use. We will also design underground car-parking facilities and ground works to ensure the structural integrity of the project.
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