Webb Yates Engineers provided structural and civil engineering services for a combined retail and hotel development in Staines.
The building is 5 storeys tall with the ground floor occupied by retail space and the hotel entrance in the south-east corner. The upper stories are occupied by the hotel rooms.
The structure is a reinforced concrete framed building with concrete floor slabs, founded on piles, with a suspended concrete ground floor slab. A cold formed structural framing system forms the structure above the second floor, with the exception of the main entrance area at the south-east corner, which is constructed from structural steel. Transfer slabs are used at first floor to vary the grid over the retail area and loading bay.
At the north of the building, the first floor structure is laid out to accommodate a loading bay and roadway below, with the transfer slab used to span the roadway passing through the west elevation and the loading bay beneath the north elevation.
The column grid is laid out to minimise the structural depth of the second floor structure, and to generally match the room layout above.
The system represents an appropriate solution for the regular elements of the structure with internal walls.