The Minories, Tower Hill

Student Accommodation

The Minories project was a time and cost saving challenge focused on a ten storey structure housing 172 students as well as 220sqm of retail space at ground and basement levels. In 2013 it won the LABC Award for ‘Best Affordable Housing Development’.

Within the tight margins of student housing, economic structural design is essential. We were able to value engineer this project right from the start, proposing the re-use of the existing foundations from the original building following its demolition. For other areas a Reinforced Concrete (RC) raft foundation was proposed, avoiding the need for previously proposed piled foundations. By extensive collaboration with the architect and project team we were also able to align the columns from basement to roof to negate the need for a deep transfer slab. This led to an overall reduction in building height, which achieved considerable savings in cladding costs for the client.

To maintain programme surety we worked closely with the client and contractor throughout. For example we overcame setbacks to the ground works programme by devising time saving measures such as precast columns and welded mesh reinforcement in the RC flat slabs. This ultimately led to the frame being completed eight weeks early despite starting four weeks late. We were able to release all construction information, including reinforcement details, ahead of schedule.

We were really pleased to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for this project, which incorporated a range of environmental measures including a feature living wall, aimed to extend the adjacent park space.

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Key Facts

  • Client: Urbanest
  • Location: Central London
  • Year: 2011

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