The site was once home to Croydon local council’s Taberner House, and a section of the former basement of the 1960s building is now part of the new development. A condition survey established its suitability, and most of the two-level structure has been 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 represented a substantial saving on demolition and breaking-out costs, and reduced the need for new materials.
The over 500-home scheme for developer HUB, 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 was 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.
Our engineers provided structural, geotechnical and civil engineering, and client management team (CMT) services. The development of an optimised construction programme was key to achieving the project’s strict cost profile.
GROSS INTERNAL AREA : 52,000 sq m
EMBODIED STRUCTURAL CARBON : 170 kg CO₂ e/sq m
Park Lane, Croydon, London, UK
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
3D model : Whitby Wood