OCSC were appointed by Mr. John Byrne as Structural, Civil and MEP Consulting Engineers for a new hotel development in Cricklewood, London. The development consists of a 100 bedroom hotel, a 2,500m2 ground floor retail unit, all over a basement car park. The site is located on Cricklewood Broadway on a confined site. The building is to include pre-fabricated en-suite pods in all of the rooms.
The structure consists of an RC Frame with RC Columns and walls supporting RC flat slabs. The basement sheet piled retaining walls are designed to support the weight of the RC Frame above.
The building services design of the hotel not only had to take into account the current UK building Regulations, but also the local Council’s higher standards on reductions in CO2 emissions and use of renewable energies. To this end a dynamic model of the proposed building was generated and associated feasibility studies on energy use were produced. As a result of these a number of elements were built into the design of the building services.
The renewable energies targets have been met by the inclusion of biomass wood pellet boilers and roof mounted solar thermal panels for hot water generation. Also, reductions in CO2 emissions were achieved by a number of elements including occupancy control of lighting and ventilation, natural day lighting from a central courtyard and natural ventilation in the basement car park.