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Sophisticated design of a boutique hotel which included a double basement below an existing basement and within 3m of a Grade I listed church building that was very sensitive to movement.

This is a very unique project, with a site adjacent to St. James Garlickhithe church (originally designed by Christopher Wren).

The current church building was built after the previous wooden structure burnt down during the fire of London.  The site is on the old Thames river bank which means the ground is in poor condition. Attempts to remediate problems with settlement have had to be made previously, most recently in the 1980s.

The design of the basement had to suit the sensitive nature of the surroundings and was carefully considered at all stages of construction.

Walsh worked closely with CGL (geotechnical engineers who we have worked with for 20 years) on the Basement Impact Assessments and the foundation checks. We also liased with Church authorities to agree the movement monitoring regime, trigger levels and suitable action plans.

The project is currently on site and progressing well thanks to our initial basement designs.

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Drawing of section 1-1
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Key Facts

  • Client: FR Holdings
  • Location: City of London
  • Year: 2017
  • Summary:
    A seven storey, 94 room boutique hotel in the City of London, situated within the Queen Street Conservation Area. It has a double basement and a rooftop terrace and bar.

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