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Sugar Quay in London. Courtesy Barratt Homes.

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2018

Overview

Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural design, civil engineering and façade engineering services for a new building located near Tower Bridge on the banks of the River Thames. The development includes 165 apartments and penthouses above retail and restaurant spaces on the ground floor. The massing of the building and its façades has been carefully developed in response to the site context and the proximity of the Tower of London, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The façade is designed to maximize views of the river and Tower Bridge with a transparent and elegant glazed façade system that meets stringent thermal and acoustic requirements. Alongside the glass, highly insulated architectural precast and Portland Roach stone cladding will give the building a sense of solidity, which is in harmony with the adjacent Custom House, a Grade I listed building clad in Portland stone and featuring a six-column classical portico.

The project team has designed panelized systems composed of off-the-shelf components wherever possible to reduce the construction program, avoid erecting scaffolding along the riverside, and facilitate easy and cost-effective maintenance. The glazed elements and precast and stone cladding sections will be fully assembled off-site under factory-controlled conditions to achieve the best possible quality. Each panel will then be transported to site and installed by crane.

Barratt Homes, Sugar Quay
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