Webb Yates Engineers undertook concept design and structural analysis for these challenging concrete framed buildings on Liverpool's historic waterfront.
The project consists of two blocks of residential units reaching up to 14 storeys high with retail space at ground floor level. The blocks are of an angular form, designed to appear as solid masses hovering above the ground with the retail units as lightweight, transparent spaces. To enhance this effect, the residential superstructures cantilever out beyond the retail areas by up to 16m.
The structural design had a significant number of constraints including from the overall architectural form, column coordination between the various levels and usages, and window locations. The structural solution developed to overcome these constraints included multi-storey shear walls and concrete Vierendeel truss sections, together with more traditional concrete walls, beams, columns and slabs. For the analysis of the structures we undertook a powerful finite element analysis of each block as a single entity including taking account of creep effects, shrinkage, axial shortening and build sequencing.
- RIBA North West Regional Awards 2013, shortlisted, Jan 2013