Holland Park Tower
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Location:
London W12
Client:
Not disclosed.
Architect:

DSDHA

Project Manager:
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Background:

This 27 storey, 204 room tower overlooking Holland Park and the Westfield shopping centre will be a landmark building on the western approach to London (subject to planning approval). The slender profile design was selected through a RIBA architectural competition for its potential to enhance the urban realm. The building shape ensures that none of the rooms will overlook neighbouring occupants and that shadows cast during the day will be kept to a minimum.

For visual impact and to optimise space, the entire building is to be cantilevered by 16m over the landscaped pedestrian area. This overhang and the narrow, wedge-shape design imposed a challenging brief to structural engineers at MNP, who developed cost-effective options for the building framework and highlighted the potential effect of wind funnelling on the tower structure and the surrounding buildings.

Wind between the tower and nearby 18 storey structures would potentially damage existing building façades and disturb movement of pedestrians in close proximity to a major road.

MNP gave holistic wind engineering advice through the preplanning stages, supported by leading wind engineering design houses. A wind tunnel test regime was also established, to be implemented following planning approval.

The design solution involved an external diagrid system around the low level podium, with a belt wall at interstitial plant levels.  Working closely with the architect, designs were adapted to relocate the main circulation core, optimise bracing and column configuration.

As an alternative recommendation, MNP outlined a more efficient design in case a column would be accepted within the public realm. This would give the client a significant cost advantage and offered the architect a pleasing solution, in keeping with the overall design philosophy.

The completed hotel tower will be clad in a high quality bronze anodized framed glazing system, with an option to integrate public art as display panels around and above street level. The design aims to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’.

Status:
In design.