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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.
This 1/2-day colloquium has developed from the 1990 Henderson Colloquium held by the British Group of IABSE at Pembroke College, Cambridge. The proceedings of this will be available shortly.
The topic under discussion at Cambridge was ‘The design life of structures’. In simple terms, the purpose of the colloquium was to bring together about 30 experts, while asking them to contribute a paper on some aspect of the subject, and, most important, to take part in a debate on the feasibility of developing design life concepts, which might permit the construction industry to consciously design and construct structures which perform ‘better’ in service-life terms.