An expert in high-rise concrete frames, Paul Consterdine needed all his extensive experience on this 26-storey tower. He captured key accuracy, quality and installation gains with a unitised floor-to-ceiling glazing system. And he solved the headache of incorporating another floor for a champagne bar in a building close to the maximum height allowed by reducing the ceiling service voids. It gained enough leeway for that value-adding enhancement while preserving the client’s high-ceiling aesthetic in the apartments.
About the Project
Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle
Construction of a 26-storey block with 160 apartments, completed in 134 weeks.
Client: High Street Group
Contract: JCT, design and build
An expert in high-rise concrete frames, Paul Consterdine needed all his extensive experience on this 26-storey tower. He brought in a trusted concrete frame specialist to capture buildability and standardisation gains, completing the frame seven weeks early and cutting the tonnage of reinforcement in the upper floors as the loads reduced with height.
His biggest challenge was the city centre location. Sandwiched between residential and commercial blocks, the building occupied 90% of its overall site, ruling out mast climbers and scaffolding for installing the client’s much prized glazed facade. Paul’s solution was a unitised floor-to-ceiling glazing system that also gave the accuracy and quality gains of in-factory construction.
With no on-site storage available to hold the often unpredictable arrival of the glazing units from Ukraine, Paul routed them to a holding area and had them delivered to site in a controlled sequence for immediate installation. The units, 1.2 metres wide and three metres high, were then hung from channels cast into the edge of the concrete floor-slab using spider cranes and glass manipulators operated from inside the building.
He extended a contiguous piled wall on the site boundary by another 15 metres. This allowed it to act as a retaining structure for the base of a 90-metre tower crane base that was an essential tool in the successful management of a site with so many restrictions.
Paul made the client’s dream happen. His proposal to substitute hard-wearing anodised aluminium cladding instead of steel banked an early £400,000 in savings that helped make the scheme financially viable. And when asked to add another floor for a champagne bar in a tower block just two metres under the maximum allowed, he found the solution by reducing the ceiling service voids on each floor to preserve the design’s high-ceiling aesthetic. With 70% of the block let or sold by the time Paul completed, the success of his value engineering is apparent.