-> Architecture office: Sheppard Robson Architects
-> Structural Engineer: Walsh Associates
-> Master builder: Willmott Dixon
-> Steelwork Design: TSI Structures Ltd
-> Location: London, Woolwich
-> Dimensions: 180m x 85m x 52m
-> Specification: 80,000 sq ft Tesco superstore, various other retail units and 259 homes over 17 stories.
-> Total Build Cost: Woolwich Central – Phase 1 & 2 £400m
TSI Structures undertook the challenge of modelling a 17 story, post tensioned concrete structure for connecting secondary steel to a major new supermarket complex in Woolwich, UK.
The 80,000 sq ft Tesco superstore, various other retail units and 259 homes over 17 stories was a total build cost of £400m. The store opening date was set before construction started, so they were under pressure to complete the project to a tight deadline.
Advance Steel allowed TSI Structures to model concrete slabs, walls and beams. They were able to model the cast in channels, and using Advance Steel meant these elements came across onto the drawings. The DWG file format aided in the approval process.
Adrian Betts, from the TSI Structures LTD design office, explains why Advance Steel was the best solution for the completion of this project: “We would not have been able to produce this building in 3D without Advance Steel’s ability to model external elements such as concrete. We were the only member of the construction team with the ability, software resources and technical knowhow, to fully model the enormous concrete structure in three dimensions. Our model and the 3D drawings were used by the Architect for client presentations. With the AutoCAD base this enabled us to add different material renders to the concrete surfaces creating a more realistic and aesthetically pleasing model”.
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