Construction works reach Practical Completion on Ufford Street

Despite the challenges faced by the Coronavirus pandemic, construction of a seven-storey, 274-room Premier Inn on a former college site in Southwark has completed. Guest should being arriving in the autumn.

Clarkebond provided civil, geo-environmental and structural engineering design, including, basement impact assessment, masterplanning support, a detailed flood risk assessment and flood emergency management plan, for the new hotel development.

The development presented many engineering challenges associated with a city-centre location, in a tidal flood plain, on a very constrained site and with an existing basement structure.

Clarkebond proposed a number of build form options for this development to deliver the best commercial value for the client.  The option selected used a lightweight load bearing steel gauge framing system, to be supported off the reinforced concrete transfer structures at both the ground and first floors for the two building blocks respectively.

“This was a challenging site, but having undertaken options studies at an early stage in the development, we were able to drive the value engineering and, ultimately provided a cost effective build solution for the scheme well within the original budget,” states Clarkebond Regional Director Theo Tai.