Bishops Square


The Brief

This new 2-storey mixed-use complex will add a modern feel to the Spitalfields area in London. The architecturally exposed structural steel frame coated in dark red iron oxide will be infilled with glass and canopies to give it a modern industrial feel. 

The installation of this 2-storey building is on top of a concrete vehicle access ramp, so the basement will need some structural reinforcement. 

Bishops Square Construction

Our Approach

•    Specialised structural designs and elements were created to accommodate the nature of the use of the building after construction.

•    360 tonne, 750 piece frame was carefully planned to limit disruption to the neighbouring retail and office buildings.

•    Extremely tight spaces meant that the delivery vehicles reversed to the point where the crane sat on a bespoke temporary frame which transferred the load back to the existing podium below.

•    Part of the aesthetic for the building was an ‘industrial’ feel, with visual bolt connections exposed in the final condition.

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The Outcomes

Our draftsmen worked closely with Price & Myers on the design to achieve the high standard of aesthetic requirements set out by Foster + Partners.

Our detailers designed the exposed joints to achieve uniformity with 5500 bolts open to view. This resulted in the desired modern industrial aesthetic when the external cladding was positioned to expose the primary steel frame and connections in dark red iron oxide.

Diligent project management ensured efficient work in a tight space and minimal disruption, while maintaining access to the carpark below. The careful planning and cooperation between businesses resulted in a retail space of the highest of standards. It was finished ahead of schedule and it was awarded a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.

'Although it was not the easiest project to close out, due to issues beyond anyone's control, everything was dealt with professionally and at all times, we felt Elland were working with Volker FitzPatrick as part of the team to make the project happen.'
Senior Quantity Surveyor

'Very professional team who are fully committed to achieving the project goals. Always available to discuss and solve issues.'
Stan Falade
VolkerFitzpatrick Design Manager
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