Chassay + Last
Symmetrys were the structural engineers for this new build mixed use development in Holloway, London, comprising of a six and seven storey building with retail space on the lower two floors, and residential above.
A great deal of time was spent with the design team, and in particular the Architect, trying to align apartment layouts, so that the load baring paths aligned from floor to floor. This eliminated the need to install transfer structures and opened the door to the super structure options available to our client. By doing this at Tufnell Park Road we were able to put forward a Metframe option, which increased the speed of erection and reduced the weight of the structure, so that the foundations could also reduce in size. We in turn designed a concrete frame up to first floor level so that the lower floors could accommodate an open plan retail area.
With basements under each block and adjacent structures close to the site boundaries, resolution of party walls issues will be key to progress.
Our clients on this project, AC Union, produced a time lapse film of the build, reducing 7 months into 2 minutes - http://www.acunion.co.uk/