Aesthetic + Technical Challenges, our approach…

In our acceptance of an aesthetic or technical challenge, we have a multitude of resources available to us to ensure that the Architects vision, Client expectations and the technical performance requirements are delivered without compromise.

The use of mock-ups

The use of 2D, 3D CAD and BIM

The R&D of bespoke materials and finishes

Mechanical and performance Testing

South Place Hotel

Mock-ups are often used as part of the R&D process to develop the design beyond CAD through to fabrication, buildability and sequencing. Here extracts of the Architects Report demonstrate the process undertaken on two mock-up areas designed and constructed for South Place Hotel. Copyright remains with Architects Allies and Morrison.

Paris Gardens

Typically, ‘bay-studies’ are created on key areas of a building envelope to co-ordinate all aspects of the superstructure, façade and interfaces details. Here extracts show a typical bay study drafted for Paris Gardens.

BIM is supported with the use of Revit software to ensure full coordination an cheduling of components. Here extracts show the benefits of Revit in scheduling over 30,000 terracotta components for the same project, Paris Gardens.

Conduit Street

Satisfying Architects visions can involve material and finishes beyond the conventional range offered by large scale manufactures; here extracts of a report on specific material testing undertaken on bespoke ceramics to ensure durability and longevity. On Conduit Street renowned Ceramics Expert Kate Mallone and Artisan Glazer Richard Miller were engaged to develop and deliver bespoke glazes on over 10,000 base tiles from Germany to stunning effect.

Paris Gardens + South Place Hotel

In cases of technical complexity, aesthetic requirements can impose stringent restrictions on structural engineering solutions and mechanical testing can prove an invaluable resource in providing solutions to technically challenging and complex situations. Here extracts of reports show the results of mechanical testing and structural calculations undertaken on supporting steel brackets.

When the requirement to prove building performance is required beyond the product performance data, computer modelling and consultant calculation, on-site envelope and building testing can be useful to measure weather and air-tightness, acoustic and thermal performance. Here extracts of a report show the thermal imaging of a partially completed façade on South Place Hotel to demonstrate performance.