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Docklands Campus Student Residences

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects are experienced in sourcing and integrating pre-fabricated components within residential projects; our student accommodation schemes have included a modular bathroom pod, facade cassettes and benefit from rational layouts to optimise building services distribution.

Early in the design stage of our flagship £35m student residences development for the University of East London we evaluated the implications of tunnel form and modular construction, although it was decided to proceed on the basis of a pre-cast solution until the first tender stage.

Each of these structural forms has a significant impact on dimensioning. This led to a tolerance being incorporated within room sizes to take account of the varying wall thicknesses arising from each approach to enable adjustments to be made which retained the footprint of the existing planning approval for the site.

We maximised our time investment through an innovative use of technology. By employing parametric CAD systems we were able to create standard unit modules for each typical room layout. We were then able to fix these units to the baseline structural grid, thereby allowing plans and sections to be adjusted automatically by any variation in the base grid. This allowed us to adapt quickly to the preferred structural methodology following the first stage tender.

The project was approved by CABE and the GLA in March and went to site in September 2005. The scheme was completed in April 2007.

Client: University of East London
Value: 35m


Docklands Campus Student Residences

University of East London Campus
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