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The Canary Wharf project comprises the construction of 12.5 M ft2 of office and retail space in 24 buildings. The buildings are grouped into four neighbourhoods focused around the major public spaces known as Westferry Circus, Founders Court (Cabot Square), Docklands Square (Canada Square), and Blackwall Place (Churchill Place). For reference during construction, the buildings are known by a number and a prefix related to the above grouping, e.g. the building known as FC2 is building 2 in the Founders Court (Cabot Square) neighbourhood. Phase 1 of the project, comprising approximately 4.5 M ft2 net of office and retail facilities and the supporting infrastructure, is divided into 10 fairly distinct building parcels, as follows:
1: Westferry Circus and West India Place
2: infrastructure comprising roads and watercuts west of Docklands Square (Canada Square), Founders Court (Cabot Square), and Blackwall Place (Churchill Place carparks). General pavings to plazas and promenades and retail buildings west of DS7
3: building DS7
4: the Canary Wharf Station to the Docklands Light Railway
5-10: buildings FCl to FC6 inclusive
Arup Research & Development has carried out a series of studies commissioned by the Building Research Establishment on the subject of building performance and costs-in-use. This paper gives a brief commentary on the results of that research, explores the implications and application thereof in the context of the definition of client requirements, and outlines a methodology whereby these performance requirements may be taken into account in an explicit manner in the design and property management processes.
I admit to being somewhat sceptical, at first, of the claim made by my senior engineers that there is an increasing lack of appreciation of structural behaviour by our young graduates. Some old engineers have always bemoaned young graduates’ lack of design experience. Our practice doesn’t have moaning old engineers, and it’s not the job of the universities and polytechnics to churn out graduates stuffed to the eyeballs with Code clauses. But it is their job, I suggest, to instil understanding of
structures. I checked the senior engineers’ claim and was disturbed by the findings.