The Works

Following a successful planning application by Canfield Ltd for a six storey student accommodation block in WC1, HS2 completed a compulsory purchase of the site in December 2017. They then attempted to minimise the compensation costs by suggesting the site was never viable for a six story building due to the presence of the Northern and Victoria lines running directly below. Furthermore they argued that the construction programme and costs of the building would diminish any additional value achieved by the student accommodation.

Canfield called us to ask how and what could be built without affecting the tunnels whilst considering costs.

Using our in-depth knowledge of construction logistics and our extensive basement expertise, we were able to provide viable foundation options, with ground movement assessments, which demonstrated not only could the consented scheme be built within acceptable movement tolerances of the Victoria and Northern lines, but also that the site could accommodate a taller tower without passing the stringent limits set by Transport for London.

Canfield Ltd commented, “Ash and Symmetrys’ did an excellent job assisting un under a complex scheme with an unusual job remit, providing the viability of the development un the Upper Tribunal.  They were extremely responsive and provided both thorough and practical solutions to the problems presented.”

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