Tall Buildings Conference 2019 Case Study: The Atlas Building


At Tall Building Conference 2019, Neal Morgan-Collins, Director at Design Delivery Unit presented a Case Study on the Challenges Associated with Delivering the Atlas Building.

Full information on the project can be found on the Design Delivery Unit website here.

Rocket Investments obtained planning permission for a 38 story residential tower and 10 storey commercial building with their concept architect. The two buildings shared a basement. Design Delivery Unit were originally appointed to deliver The Atlas Building (38 storey residential tower) and the shared basement / infrastructure. We were later asked to deliver 145 City Road (10 storey commercial building).

The building was described to the planners as a series of white and off-white shades of terracotta cladding. The weight of the cladding however proved too much of a challenge when combined with the structural stability of the building. We helped articulate to the planners why terracotta was not viable and what the potential options were. The pros and cons of each were presented along with material samples and a decision to use annodised aluminium was agreed.

The Atlas building has a cantilevered structure due to the below ground constraints. This changed the concept structural strategy used at planning and required wholesale layout changes to suit the new structural strategy. We undertook a careful exercise to deconstruct the buildings façade and then redraw it to suit the new layouts. We demonstrated to the planners how the original concept had been safeguarded throughout.

For more information on Tall Buildings Conference 2019, click here.

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