FOUR RESIDENTIAL TOWERS BETWEEN 23 AND 15 STOREY TOWERS AND PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS.
Tully De’Ath have been providing pre-planning advice to Stanhope and Network Homes who have formed a Joint-Venture to develop the Merrick Place site immediately south of Southall railway station. The proposal is to clear the site of existing derelict and outdated industrial sheds to make way for a residential-led development in an area of Ealing that is coming in to focus with the arrival of Crossrail.
The scheme consists of four towers rising to 21, 15, 17 and 23 storeys in height. They will accommodate 571 residential units together with roughly 2,400 m2 of commercial space and amenity space at ground and roof levels.
A key element of the project is to develop the design adopting Laing O’Rourke’s DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) approach. The approach aims to limit the amount of on-site activities through prefabrication. Their process considers the building elements as sub sets which are grouped under different headings: floors, beams, stability and vertical structure, facade and MEP services. The structural engineering elements fall in to the first three categories, and partly the fourth.
Tully De’Ath have been collaborating closely with Laing O’Rourke and the project team to develop a design which is efficient and economic. The design avoids transfer structures across all four blocks and aims to create a repetitive set of structural elements forming the kit that can be manufactured in a well-controlled factory environment in Nottinghamshire. The benefits of the system include significantly faster construction, less site waste, a cleaner site, less waste, and safer methods of construction.