Services Civil, structural and geotechnical engineering, acoustics and CDM consultancy
Client : Campus DM and Peveril Securities
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This mixed-use development by Peveril and Campus DM in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle is planned to drive regeneration through the interaction of commercial and arts related activities around the carefully designed courtyard. New routes link the residential units, hotel and student accommodation with the surrounding streets and lanes.
The history and archaeology of this site has been one of the key drivers of the project. The client’s archaeologist found evidence of Late Bronze Age, Medieval and Post Medieval deposits at depths greater than 1.5m. Any excavations into these zones needed to be observed and recorded by the planning team and archaeologists resulting in significant programme and cost implications. In response to this, our structural team worked with the archaeologist to develop a “preserve in-situ” solution by ensuring all excavations for foundations and drainage were kept as shallow as possible.
Key features of the design are the brown roofs and porous paving, which attenuate and treat the surface water. This reduces the amount of storage and space required for drainage infrastructure and also assists with the project’s archaeological strategy by keeping the drainage as high as possible and out of the zone of archaeological interest.
Along the south boundary of the site is a historic/medieval wall, which had to be retained. The structural design was developed to accommodate the existing wall’s foundations and eliminated the requirement for costly underpinning.
Waverley Court, the headquarters for The City of Edinburgh Council, was procured as a commercially let development. The key objective was to create a landmark building which would demonstrate environmental excellence in all aspects of design and function, with exceptional levels of accessibility.
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