A new build development in Bristol split into three distinct buildings, the highest of which is a ten storey tower block which steps-back as it ascends. The scheme provides 90,000 square foot of primarily student accommodation, and is constructed within the footprint of an existing basement which historically housed the print hall for a local newspaper. The lower ground floors contain plant and communal space to serve the residential upper floors.
The structure is a reinforced concrete frame with flat slab construction. 800mm deep transfer slabs and beams are required at upper ground floor level to accommodate a change of column layout between the residential and communal spaces.
In-depth computer analysis of the floor slabs was undertaken to ensure an appropriate column layout, negating the need for downstand beams in the upper levels.
Client: Alaska Development ConsultantsArchitect: Russ Drage Architects