Webb Yates Engineers
Birkbeck College, University of London
The refurbishment and extension of this 100-year-old building was enabled through skilful structural engineering.
The choice to extend the building carefully balanced the client’s ambitions to minimise capital expenditure and development risk, and increase the building’s floor area, within the structural capacity of the existing building, without significant environmental impact.
Detailed structural analysis was used to ascertain the building’s existing structural capacity and the design of an innovative lightweight extension increased the floor area by nearly 30% and at a cost far less than estimated for rebuild.