Curzon Street London

Curzon Street London

Project Background

The site for this project was in the heart of Mayfair, in the Westend of London. The existing building supported a mixed use occupancy of commercial, public theatre and residential. The object of the project was to assess the viability of doubling the office space area in this prime London location.

As structural consultants to the project, we were asked to consider options to demolish the existing 2 storeys of old office space over the public movie theatre, and reinstate 4 storeys of lightweight modern office space. Crucial to the project was to ensure the adjacent residential and commercial enterprises, including the theatre, remained unaffected and in full operational use through out the project.

The existing structure was designed by Ove Arups in the 1960’s. The Client wished to pursue options that involved negligible disruption to the theatre, including no new additional columns. On this basis the design was reanalysed using a finite element package, to assess the degree of redundancy of the 25m twoway spanning waffle slab roof. After numerous design configurations were considered, the project was abandoned.

 

Solutions Provided

Manu Withers, acting as Structural Engineer for the project while working for Bryan Packman Marcel provided the following services and solutions on this project:

  • Scheme Development and Documentation
  • Finite Element Analysis (STAAD Release 23)
  • Design Team Liaison
  • Structural Design

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