Angel Lane

Walsh managed the numerous statutory approvals required to deliver this project which enabled the works to proceed and ultimately allow the contractor to deliver the project on programme. “…Without [Walsh’s] work we wouldn’t have been able to start on site.” Luke Engmann, Unite Students.

Angel Lane was a challenging project on a number of levels. The limited time between being appointed in the October and gaining access to the site in the December put pressure on obtaining the relevant approvals. On top of excellent programme management, Walsh’s value engineering helped ensure completion on time and budget.

Work on the entrance area to the courtyard demonstrated Walsh’s structural excellence. Originally, a very complex steel roof truss was proposed by the architects. Walsh, simplified the specification and ‘hid’ columns in discrete areas to guarantee the same vista.

To facilitate the ‘punch out’ windows, Walsh developed a simple solution to a potentially complex issue by using a combination of reverse corbels and deep beams. This was all designed using finite element software.

The team used methods equivalent to BIM Level 2 to co-ordinate and ‘clash detect’ the structure and architecture, which was a significant contributor to the reduction of the design programme.

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Angel Lane windows
Angel Lane under construction
Angel Lane outside courtyard with box planters

Key Facts

  • Client: Unite Students
  • Location: Stratford, London
  • Year: 2015
  • Summary:
    This student residence was designed to provide 759 bed spaces comprising of 699 en-suites in clusters of 7 to 10 rooms with a shared kitchen/living space and 60 studios with en-suite shower room and kitchenettes.