Newfoundland Tower - A hybrid diagrid solution to a complex site

Aaron Lefcovitch
Director
Windtech Consultants Pty Ltd, Singapore

Newfoundland tower, the first residential tower located within the Canary Wharf estate in London, UK, addresses numerous challenging site constraints. The presentation discusses an approach that created a building that not only fulfils the current needs but also the known effects of future developments.
The innovative design has culminated in an iconic development. It overcomes existing site constraints using a steel exoskeleton diagrid structure utilising both post-tensioned slabs and a precast concrete & steel beam nodal floor solution. These minimize the lateral load demands on the core and bridge the building over the existing metro tunnels. Drawing on the benefits of the different construction techniques led to a truly highbred solution that allowed multiple structural elements of the tower to be constructed simultaneously and efficiently.
This presentation looks to respond to the topic of the conference by presenting how Newfoundland Tower was able to respond to several specific challenges that are common in urban locations and that will only become more common in the future; building over existing infrastructure and building on a sites with a small footprint that is affected by it's neighbouring buildings. Also with ever greater emphasis on our responsibility to not only provide a cost effective solution for our clients but also to get the most out of the materials and construction techniques available in order to create sustainable solutions that can inspire further inovation in the future.
Newfoundland exemplifies the desire to build iconic buildings in extremely constrained locations and how a design evolves to overcome the challenges.

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