Nova Victoria

Structural Designer

Robert Bird Group

Client Name

Land Securities


London, UK


ARCHITECT: PLP (Commercial Buildings, Basement and Public Realm), Flanagan Lawrence

(Residential Building): Benson + Forsyth (Residential Building)     



Nova Victoria is the £250m first phase of a mixed-use development by Land Securities in the heart of Victoria, London. Key engineering challenges include mitigation of risk in respect to third party assets and infrastructure, whilst minimising overall construction time to maximise commercial viability which were met through continuous integration of structural design with construction engineering principles.

Judge's comment:

This is a mixed-use development in the heart of Victoria in London with a 5.5-acre footprint. Building in the heart of the city raised many challenges to the designers and contractors. These included the risks of causing damage to adjacent buildings and the infrastructure (tube tunnels and sewers) beneath the new buildings.

With such a complex site and a complex set of buildings it was important to focus on construction methods during the design stages to ensure it could be built safely and quickly.
The construction of the basement was undertaken from ground level downwards at the same time as the building was constructed from the ground level up-wards. This saved a great deal of time. The walls to the basement were designed for limited movement to ensure adjacent properties would not be damaged.

This is an excellent example of the way that structural engineers can help the safe and efficient development of very complex city centre sites, overcoming many uncertainties and risks on the way.

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