East Side Locks Student Accommodation

East Side Locks Student Accommodation


BWB were proud to provide multi-disciplinary engineering services for Alumno Developments 659 bed Student Accommodation project at Number 1 City Locks, a new £35 million student accommodation scheme which is the gateway into the Birmingham Eastside development. The scheme was constructed using Insitu concrete up to a podium level. Modern methods of construction were then employed with an offsite factory manufactured structural precast concrete frame solution.

The original Scheme was value engineered from a full insutu concrete
frame into a hybrid part insitu and part precast concrete framed solution. This option allowed the structure to eliminate deep transfer beam zones which reduced building height and therefore reduced cost.

We used REVIT software to develop the scheme BIM model. This exciting development includes accommodation for 659 students with communal leisure and study areas within cluster flats together with a shared kitchen/lounge, as well as affordable office and studio space for business start-ups and incubation units. A retail unit has also been incorporated into the plans, for use by resident students, businesses and local people.

BWB have also provided post-planning support to the developer and contract administrator including conducting negotiations with the site vendor, developing a remediation strategy and agreeing access and delivery details with the City Council. BWB have undertaken the design and delivery of all drainage, highways and external works through the tender and delivery phase of the project, working closely with John Sisk and their sub-contractor to manage production of information to enable them to meet a very challenging programme.

Key Challenges

BWB have designed and detailed the insitu concrete structural frame up to ground floor level. The ground floor level forms a transfer structure which carries a precast concrete frame (floors, walls and stairs) which is consistent from transfer level to roof. The precast concrete system was a specialist subcontractor designed element. The system consists of precast concrete floor which are supported off precast concrete cross walls and localised steelwork beams where necessary. BWB have also designed and detailed the external cladding from lower ground floor level up to level 01 is predominately masonry panels tied back to the insitu frame. Above level 01 the cladding is precast concrete sandwich panels containing windows and insulation designed and detailed by specialised subcontractor.


Stuart Nelmes

Stuart Nelmes
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