Indescon Court, Millharbour


A two-phase project in the London docklands which required our expertise in planning permissions and our assessment of structural complexities to deliver a development of housing, leisure facilities and a visually engaging hotel complex.

The Indescon Court development is a landmark scheme in the Isle of Dogs. Walsh became involved in Phase 1 of the project post-planning. This part of the development is now complete and consisted of six residential blocks ranging in height from 6-18 storey buildings, with basement car parking and a landscaped deck. We used three-dimensional finite element software to accurately model the structural system. This helped assess and navigate an impressive two tower structure with large cut backs at the corners so that the upper floors hang over the ground floor spaces via a 4m cantilever.

We were also tasked with gaining planning permission for Phase 2 of the development, which we delivered promptly. This development consists of a single structure split into several blocks of 12 – 32 storeys in height. The building holds approximately 550 residential units and a 120-room hotel along with leisure facilities, retail units and a basement car park. This complex building promises to be both versatile and visually stunning. The west face of the 32 storey tower sets back 6m between the 9th and 16th storey giving the appearance of the top 12 floors floating. This was achieved by the use of steel vierendeel frames arranged around the steelwork, which was used to span across a 16m wide 10-storey opening in the building.

By reducing the building height Walsh were able to save on the facade costs and by reducing the depth of excavations we were able to further save the client time and money.

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Key Facts

  • Client: Galliard Homes
  • Location: London
  • Year: 2016

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