Second student accommodation tower in Cardiff receives approval

Plans for a 26-storey student accommodation tower in the centre of Cardif have been given the go ahead by Cardiff City Council.

Clarkebond are providing civil, structural and ground engineering services on the Bridge Street development which will comprise 463 student bed spaces over 25 floors.  The  ground floor will feature retail and commercial units, an alcohol treatment centre and a roof garden.

The open plan design of the mixed use space on the ground floor, featuring large expanses of glazing, has been an interesting challenge for the structural engineers.  A minimal number of structural columns will support transfer structures which in turn will support the residential areas above.

The scheme is located on a brownfield site within a conservation area and particular attention has been paid to ensure the sensitive retention of existing historic commercial buildings which will be incorporated into the ground floor mixed-use space.

Clarkebond has carried out ground investigations for geotechnical and geo-environmental aspects, and is preparing a full assessment and report, including measures to deal with backfilled basements from previous development on the site.

It is hoped that the scheme will be completed in August 2018 ahead of the 2018/19 academic year.

Clarkebond is also providing engineering services on Custom House in Cardiff, a 42-storey student tower development which was granted planning permission in March 2016 and which is set to become Wales' tallest building.

Developers:  Watkins Jones
Architects: Rio
Structural and Ground Engineers: Clarkebond