Bell & Webster
Excellence in precast concrete
UEL Student Residences
The University of East London relocated to the Docklands site as part of their consolidation and expansion. The £110million programme of expansion
The development for the University of East London’s
and renewal has created a world class learning
campus at Royal Albert Docks, provides 788 student
bed spaces and ancillary facilities on a previously
welcoming, open 24hrs a day, seven days a week.
vacant site adjacent to the University’s existing
The student residences project commenced by HBG
Docklands campus. The site is opposite London City
Construction Limited in September 2005 and was
Airport, is bounded by the Royal Albert Dock, a
completed in March 2007.
publicly accessible dock edge path to the south, the
Docklands Light Railway, Gallions Reach Roundabout, University Way to the north and Woolwich Manor Way to the east. The building was constructed using precast concrete in the main because of its robust nature, acoustic and thermal properties, the elimination of wet trades saving time and money and the speed of erection.
The Design and The design was in close liaison with London Borough of Newham
Planners, the Mayorâ€™s Architecture and Urbanism Unit and also passed detailed scrutiny by CABEâ€™s Design Review Panel. Detailed geotechnical studies were conducted to mitigate the impact of
The rooms are arranged in five, seven-storey rendered blocks
the scheme, which also involved close consultation with the
orientated north-south and three, three-storey timber clad blocks
Royal Docks Management Authority to meet the requirements
connected east-west. The accommodation in the seven-storey
of spectators during rowing events, and with the City Airport
blocks is predominantly single study bedrooms, each of which have
to negate impact on radar and physical safeguarding as well
an en-suite shower room, grouped in flats of between four and
as meeting the requirements of Docklands Light Railway which
seven sharing a communal kitchen-dining room. In the three-storey
bounds the site to the north. The five, seven-storey blocks have
blocks the accommodation is individual self-contained studios.
been orientated to open up the site to the south where they
In addition twelve wheelchair accessible bedrooms are provided.
face the docks and to allow for as many windows as possible to
The buildings are in harmony with the other rendered buildings
enjoy a view of the water.
in the vicinity, using bright colours with clean lines.
The blocks are generally constructed from precast concrete panel walls, floors and roof. The ensuite shower rooms are precast concrete pods chosen by HBG Construction Limited and supplied by Sterchele. The bar and the ground floor of Longbridge House
Between the windows, recessed panels of insulated render are
have been constructed in insitu reinforced concrete.
designed to visually link the windows into horizontal bands. Curtain walling to the central circulation cores, communal kitchens
External finishes have been selected to complement the existing
and bar is a thermal break curtain walling system with polyester
campus building and the new campus, and also for their
powder coated aluminium clad coloured Spandrel panels in the
robustness and compliance with the thermal and acoustic
south elevations facing the dock.
performance requirements for the development. The seven-storey blocks are finished with a through-coloured insulated render.
The roof finish on the seven-storey blocks is standing-seam
Windows have high performance UPVC frames finished externally
aluminium, with circular roof top plant rooms clad in uninsulated
with a grey foil with low E, argon filled double glazed units for
Alcuabond panels. The roof finish for the three-storey blocks is a
very high thermal and acoustic performance.
Hydrotech bituminous waterproofing system finished with brown roof biodiversity rubble as part of the ecology strategy for the site; provision of a habitat for the very rare Black Redstart bird, which colonises parts of the urban derelict landscape bordering the lower reaches of the River Thames.
Gabion walling has been used to create a base to the blocks along University Way where there is a significant level change and also to clad the powerhouse at the Gallions Reach entrance to the site. Internally, the precast concrete walls and ceilings are painted with drylining only to the lightweight internal partitions in the central core areas and sections of the Metsec in corresponding external wall structure.
Particular attention has been paid to creating vibrant facades that advertise the presence of the University and complement the existing campus buildings.
Innovative Use of Concrete and
Integration of Services
The Bell & Websterâ€™s RoomSolutionsÂŽ Concrete precast frame provided a fair faced finish to both walls and ceilings, negating the need for plasterboard or plaster skim. The Bell & Webster frame also incorporated all internal and external walls into the
This system also provided the acoustic rating required for the
structure (excluding pod riser wall) omitting the need for the
external envelope along with the insulated render increasing the
internal drylined walls and external metal framed walls.
dB rating further and complying with the building regulations for internal party walls and party floors with no other surface treatments being necessary. These attributes of the system helped reduce the overall cost and programme of the project.
The Benefits ●
Fair faced finish to walls and ceiling minimised the need for drylining or suspended ceilings and wet trades
Conduit cast into slabs not walls
Good acoustic rating
Speed of construction
Following trades can commence on the lower floors as the upper floors are being erected
Toilet pods installed as frame erected
Safe access at all times
Designed to avoid progressive collapse
Bell & Webster
Bell & Websterâ€™s precast concrete RoomSolutionsTM enabled the University of East Londonâ€™s Docklands Campus to be completed on time and on budget.
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