At 310 meters tall, the iconic Renzo Piano design redefines London’s skyline, with 87-storeys above ground and three below. RBG proposed and developed an alternative construction method (for frame contractor, Byrne Bros) which saved over four months on the programme and significantly reduced risk to the head client, Sellar Properties.
The jump-start core method supported the core with plunge columns while the basement and core foundations were simultaneously constructed below. This established tandem work fronts thereby minimizing the risk of delays in basement construction and allowing the superstructure to proceed significantly earlier than the original construction programme had anticipated.
£425 million GBP
Total Area: 110,000 m2
54,000m2 office space
16,000m2 hotel space
5,700m2 residential space
Levels: 87-storeys + 3 basement
Sellar Property Group
Byrne Bros (frame contractors)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Robert Bird Group Services:
ICE Award Winner 2010
Key technical challenges
- The primary tower structure consists of a composite slab and beam structure. Due to the long beam spans and thin slab, extensive analysis for footfall vibration was required to ensure the structure achieved code requirements and client expectations.
- Working with the existing structure and developing design solutions that strengthened rather than demolished.
- Extensive co-ordination with the mechanical engineer to develop a strategy that minimised beam penetrations and beam notches.
- Differential shortening analysis with consideration of mega truss, steel structure, concrete structure and existing structural elements
- 5 Star Greenstar
- 5 Star NABERs Energy and 4 Star NABERs Water ratings.