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A new development by Telford Homes on Bethnal Green Road was tendered to contractors on a design and build basis.  A major contractor invited Matthew Consultants to assist in formulating a tender and Matthew Consultants retained Walsh Goodfellow to optimise the 24 storey residential tower element of the scheme.


Chris Bakkala prepared design criteria and evaluated the proposed tower frame, which possessed significant excess capacity in respect of anticipated loads and desired performance. Through parametric studies we evaluated various alternatives for stiffness and strength distribution throughout the frame.  Commencing from a presumed minimum stiffness (Model 1) alternative stiffness arrangements were examined to evaluate component performance.  Finally, optimised component assembly was put forward in a recommended scheme.  Key stages of frame progression are pictured here sequentially with the original design shown on the left and the optimised frame on the right, which realized a 60% reduction in reinforced concrete walls compared to the original scheme.


The recommended scheme provides post-tensioned floor slabs with flat soffits to facilitate mechanical and electrical installations and to control perimeter deflection at the facade.  The substantial material reduction included the elimination of numerous structural walls, adding flexibility to architectural layouts and marginally improving the net to gross floor area ratio.