Basements and Underground Conference
Andrea Gillarduzzi, Market Sector Director of Geotechnical Engineering for Rendel, delivered a presentation regarding the design of the foundations, basement, temporary works and finite element modelling of the substructure of Manhattan Loft Gardens Development.
The scheme includes a double-cantilevered 42-storey tower housing 248 luxury apartments and a six-storey, 150-room hotel designed by architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) for Manhattan Loft Gardens Ltd. The unique 143m-tall landmark tower features two cantilevers supporting three sky gardens giving unobstructed views across London.
Manhattan Loft Gardens is located in a particularly constrained site just 10 metres away from the top of Stratford International Station and High Speed 1 - the “High Speed Station Box”. This is the largest ever UK diaphragm wall open box (1075m long, 24m deep) station. The station is a critical node on this line that, if compromised, will effectively stop the use of the high speed railway link between London and Paris and Brussels.
The project was a finalist in the British Construction Industry Awards 2016.