Unite Student Accommodation
MPN UK provided full structural engineering services for this £42 million 30, storey student residential complex that was built above an existing coach layover facility. In order to minimize floor to floor heights and achieve the maximum number of floors within the allowable planning height a reinforced concrete flat slab structure was adopted. Above the coach park the ‘U’ shaped reinforced concrete structure is supported on numerous reinforced concrete transfer beams at podium level to provide the larger spans required for the turning circles of the coaches. Within its wings a landscaped terrace for the students` use was provided. It was decided to build this part of the structure with a steel frame as it was the last part of the structure required and could be fabricated off –site, dropped in and connected to the concrete superstructure in the last months of the construction programme. In the tower itself, the majority of columns were precast off-site in two storey lifts and cast into in-situ floor slabs. This was to aid a fast construction schedule. The stepped shape of the building (to provide outdoor recreation areas for the students) meant that each floor plate reduced in size as one ascended the building with no two floors plates the same. At the highest level a glass box was installed to provide a meeting space with a view over East London. The façade comprised precast concrete with brick slips and glazing panels pre-installed.