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Project - Wood Wharf B2
Sector - Retail
Technology - Volumetric Modular
Company - Peter Dann
The design of Wood Wharf B2 overcomes several significant challenges posed by this complex volumetric modular building, on a "site that's not really a site." The circa 21 storey structure is "sandwiched" between the water to the east and existing structures to the west (Figure 1), so a volumetric solution was the only sensible approach.
Designed to withstand both a ship and lorry impact, the building consists of retail/amenity areas in the lower levels, with 17 storeys of volumetric modular serviced apartments and a rooftop restaurant above.
Global stability is provided by two concrete cores, both of which have significant "cuts and carves" to avoid adjacent structures, resulting in very complex load paths. Furthermore, much of the construction will be done from the water, with added logistical difficulties of delivering modules to site.
Early engagement of the full project team (including the modular contractor under a PCSA) has been fundamental to overcoming the design challenges and overall success of the project.
The GLA is also using WW B2 as a case study to inform its Circular Economies policy, and the project is on track for a BREEAM Excellent rating. Detailed design is complete, with site works already underway.
Find further information on Peter Dann on their website: www.peterdann.com
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