Situated in the heart of Wapping, this exciting new destination and thriving new cultural quarter features a magnificent choreographed central water feature and the finest selection of high quality new homes.
The site, formerly occupied by News International, is located within St Katharine Docks to the West and Shadwell to the East extending to approximately an area of 6.1 hectares. The proposed development is a residential mixed-use scheme with commercial, retail, cultural, school and leisure uses. Building F is part of the next phase of the development and is divided into 4 cores; F1, F2, F3 and F4. The building faces onto Market Square and comprises the Water Garden which is the public square in London Dock.
Jubb is appointed as Civil and Structural Engineer for the Development from Stage 2 to completion. The building sits over and is connected to a single height basement which connects to the existing basement constructed as part of the adjacent building and contains car park, plant rooms, cycle spaces, refuse, etc. The building is split into a series of blocks at different heights to a maximum of 16 storeys plus roof which includes communal roof gardens, courtyards, green and brown roofs. The Ground floor contains commercial units and main residential entrance lobbies with residences above. A total of 360 new apartments (the majority private, some first time buyers and some affordable) will be provided by Building F.
The building will consist a concrete frame with brickwork and curtain walling/windows. The design principles will follow the ethos set by the previous phases. There is desire for the building to be designed as modular but the extent of MMC will be reviewed and agreed during the design development. The MMC elements being
This building forms part of the overall re-development of the site from the old New International site into a new Community in the heart of central London. Therefore, the connection with the previous phases and preparation for the future phases has loomed large in the planning for this building. This includes the provision of additional ground floor slabs to help with access for the excavation of the next phase, with future ramping and traffic route being defined. It has also needed to reflect emergency vehicle access across the podium slab as well as maintaining landscaped areas to ensure Planning conditions are met. This is all with a large sewer immediately adjacent to the southern boundary which required a build over agreement.
A client stipulation of new transfer structures within the building has meant that Jubb have had to work extremely hard in resolving column locations and negotiating. We have on previous projects sought to use ‘walking columns’ to help resolve this issue but fortunately managed to avoid this for London Dock.