Emma Francois


MEng CEng MIStructE
Odeon Parade
Four-storey housing complex on a brownfield site
On the site of a former cinema, west of Wembley Stadium, a project to build 50 residential units in a four-storey block was completed in 2019. We were able to improve the project’s buildability and reduce the construction costs.

Whitby Wood was brought into the project by contractor to review, revise and re-analyse the structural, civil and geotechnical engineering, as well as find solutions to risks not dealt with before planning consent was granted. The original engineer had decided not to proceed.

One major challenge was the re-routing of underground high voltage cables linked to a substation that remained on site. Another was the impact of the new building on adjacent structures, as the units were built to the site boundaries. Two buildings to the east, also owned by the developer Freshwater, have been underpinned.

Odeon Parade consists of a mixture of apartment types, including some at ground floor level and some with external terraces. Our review of the structural design led to a change from traditional loadbearing construction to a concrete frame, and the consequent foundation change from strip footings to a concrete raft. The cladding is brick.

The project was completed to a fast track programme.

Sudbury Heights Avenue, Greenford, London, UK
Russell + May Associates
Freshwater UK
Henry Construction


Structural engineering
Geotechnical engineering
Civil engineering



model : Whitby Wood

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