A new 83 bedroom hotel and 75 bed student accommdation above new retail units.
This project involves the creation of a new 83 bedroom hotel and 75 bed student accommodation above new retail units along Upper Tooting Road in Tooting. The development is taking place on the site of the former Royal Arsenal Cooperative Department Store (the RACS building), which historically formed a landmark building in Tooting for much of the 20th century. To address local interest and maintain a historic link with the past, the original façade of the RACS building is to be retained and will form part of the new building structure. Premier Inn will run the hotel and a leading supermarket is planned for one of the retail units.
Working in close collaboration with Barrowfen Properties and Chetwood Architects, Tully De’Ath have assisted with the engineering challenges of the scheme as it has progressed through to planning stage. Key issues have include:
- An assessment of the new foundations on the adjacent Northern Line, which have required detailed discussions and ground movement analyses to be submitted to London Underground.
- Developing an engineering solution that works effienciently with the new architectural and servicing demands of hotels and placing a hotel above retail units.
- Considering the engineering aspects of the façade retention, both in terms of a conservation, repair strategy and the sequence of construction through demolition and new construction.
The project has successfully achieved planning and has recently been tendered in order to appoint a Main Contractor to develop the detailed design and build out the project. Tully De’Ath and Chetwoods are being retained and are progressing the design. This will adopt the engineering strategy already developed - which is for a reinforced concrete framed structure supported on piled foundations.
This structure will be used to tie back and restrain the retained façade and the detailing and repair strategy for this will be subject to further detailed investigations and testing as the design progresses.