Portland Place

Fluid Structures acted as structural and drainage consultants for this new social housing scheme in North London.

When complete the project will deliver 15 new sheltered housing units within a total floor area of 550 square metres. Fluid worked with the architect and contractor to identify the most appropriate construction methods to ensure a minimum of level 3 to the “Code for Sustainable Homes€ was met, whilst still ensuring quick and economic construction. The adopted scheme makes use of the contractor’s proven ability to construct to high standards of airtightness and acoustic performance using traditional forms of construction. The detailed solution achieves very low U-values using super wide cavity wall construction with basalt cavity ties and thermal bridging at openings minimised by use of ‘split’ lintels. Although floor spans vary a uniform floor plate thickness is also achieved, maintaining buildability and simple detailing, by careful configuration of floor planks and used of minimal intermediate steelwork. Airtightness achieved: 2.8 to 3.8m3/m2/hr.


The project therefore stretches tried and tested construction techniques to achieve higher standards of environmental performance, while maintaining economy and whole life flexibility of internal spaces.

  • Project Cost £1.2 million
  • Architect PRP Architects
  • Images Fluid Structures