The Dovercourt Development in Bristol, comprises 129 one, two, and three bed apartments, in blocks of up to 6 storeys high. With our multifarious skills, we were able to undertake the structural engineering design for the restoration of the historic 19th Century ‘White’ & ‘Yellow’ buildings, the new build elements as well as the concept and detailed design of the feature tensile membrane atrium canopy.
The new apartments are of timber frame construction built off a new reinforced concrete podium slab over a basement car park where we worked to re-use much of the existing pad foundations and retaining walls from the demolished 1960’s concrete framed garage.
Structural Engineering Design
External steel walkways, structurally separate from the apartment blocks, support the multi-conic canopy over the central courtyard. The tensile canopy is a multiple conic form with the perimeter supported from the external steel walkway framing which over-sails the apartment roofs to allow for drainage onto the roofs as well as providing a vent to the atrium space. The ‘flying’ masts are cable supported from the walkway framing and these are jacked to provide the fabric form. We designed and co-ordinated the entire frame and canopy structures for the client as well as undertaking the detailed design for the sub-contract specialist fabric manufacturer.