The site was once home to the Croydon local council building — also called Taberner House — and a section of the former basement of the 1960s building forms part of the new scheme. A condition survey established its suitability, and most of its two-level structure is being reused. CFA piling for the new buildings straddles existing under-reamed piles, deep pile caps and parts of the existing basement. Re-use of the basement represents a substantial saving on demolition and breaking-out costs, and reduces the need for new materials.
The over 500-unit scheme for Hub Group, with architect AHMM, includes apartments for private sale, build-to-rent, shared ownership and affordable rental accommodation, as well as retail and commercial space. Its four concrete frame towers are 13, 19, 21 and 35 storeys high, three of which include storey-height parapets above their roof levels.
To achieve a high level of structural and materials efficiency, we worked closely with the architect on the superstructure design, using slim reinforced concrete slabs. A uniform grid layout and construction approach is being used throughout. The buildings are clad in glazing and perforated screens, with aluminium panel fins. The basement houses shared wheel chair accessible car parking, cycle storage and plant.
As well as the structural design, Whitby Wood is providing geotechnical and civil engineering, and client management team (CMT) services. The development of an optimised construction programme has been key to achieving the project’s strict cost profile.
Park Lane, Croydon, London, UK
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
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