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1441 - The Import Building, East India Dock


Heyne Tillett Steel have carried out the structural design for the extension and refurbishment works on Anchorage House now known as The Import Building, East India Dock, Tower Hamlets. The existing nine-storey RC frame over a single storey basement will be redeveloped in two phases.

The ninth floor benefits from views over the O2 Arena and surrounding docklands, and has been refurbished as a marketing suite. Phase 1A includes partially infilling the atrium with an exposed glulam frame with CLT slabs to soften the aesthetic of the 1990s frame and extend the lettable area. This new structure will be connected to the existing RC frame at each level to take the additional loading back to the original load paths with a series of bespoke architectural connections between timber and concrete. To facilitate the extension we have been able to justify an increased load of up to 110% on existing piles through detailed archive investigations recovering lost drawings and calculations.

Phase 1B of the design will include infilling the existing external arcade around the perimeter at ground floor level and adding a two storey pavilion into the south-east corner of the building. During phase 1C the north canal will be completely overhauled to create a new outdoor swimming pool, accessible via a walkway at ground level.

Photographs Ⓒ Galliford Try

Client: Trilogy PropertyArchitect: Studio Richard Hywel Evans

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Aishling Browne
Andy Heyne
Kelly Harrison