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Network Rail: Borough Market

 

Fluid Structures were instructed by the Property Managers of Borough Market to act as structural engineers for proposed refurbishment works.

 

  • Project Cost £2 million
  • Client Borough Market Property Managers
  • Images Fluid Structures

Fluid Structures were instructed by the Property Managers of Borough Market to act as structural engineers for proposed refurbishment works. The project involved the construction of new mezzanine café spaces in the Three Crown Square site which sits adjacent to Network Rails Thames Link Borough viaduct.

The structural solution involved supporting the new structures on existing buildings, new piled footings and new basement structures whilst studiously avoiding the substructure works associated with the Network Rail project. Fluid scheme was advanced in liaison with Network Rail engineers Atkins so as to ensure that there would be no objections to our engineering proposals.

Risks

  • New structure would clash with Network Rails proposals which would necessitate taking support of their structure.
  • New scheme is not fully informed by Network Rails proposals, risking failure to reach agreement with Network Rail.
  • Foundations to new structures clash with Network Rail substructure foundation scheme for the viaduct.  

Design Procedures

  • Contact Network Rail at an early stage before design work has commenced and agree methods of construction that would be acceptable close to viaduct.
  • Carry out a survey of the site to establish the exact location of basements so that this information can be incorporated in the development plans.
  • Prepare a scheme that avoids load transfer to the viaduct or its support columns.
  • Based on our calculations, meetings, Network Rail meetings and drawings, establish the feasibility of the proposed works in agreement with Network Rail.
  • Submit an Approval in Principle (AIP) document to Network Rail.
  • Once approval granted, commence work on site.

Plan showing locaion of Network Rail viaduct support columns and new basements