• 22 January 2018

Burlington Gate

An exceptional 65,000ftresidential scheme in the heart of Mayfair.

Designed by world renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for Native Land in joint venture with Hotel Properties Limited (HPL) and Amcorp Properties Berhad (Amcorp), Burlington Gate is an exceptional 65,000ft2 residential scheme located in the heart of Mayfair.

Burlington-GThe redevelopment comprises 42 luxury apartments and penthouses, boutique hotel-style amenities including an on-site concierge, gym, spa and private underground parking facilities served by two car lifts for its residents.

The stunning new arcade, the first in Mayfair since 1930, forms the heart of the scheme, connecting Old Burlington Street and Cork Street, and is surrounded by 25,000ft2 of art gallery space to enliven the lower ground, ground and part of the first floor. A distinctive central lightwell allows natural light penetration all the way to the arcade, creating two blocks of properties to the East and West sides of the site and permits access to the galleries at ground floor.

Innovative and fast-paced design features

We were appointed to carry out full mechanical, electrical and structural engineering design services within this exceptional scheme.

Our Building Services team took careful consideration to the site’s energy efficiency with the commercial and residential aspects are to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ (2011) and ‘Level 4’ Code for Sustainable Homes 2010 (CfSH) respectively. The scheme includes combined heat and power plant and photo voltaic cells which reduce the scheme’s carbon emissions by 36% more than Building Regulation requirements. The apartments have all achieved EPC B rating due to low energy initiatives including LED lighting.

The development was physically constrained by a 35x40m rectangular plot which presented complex challenges for our Structures team. The new three-level basement had to be formed immediately adjacent the neighbouring property, requiring a paramount sensitivity during demolition of the existing building and subsequent redevelopment.

Burlington-G-2To overcome these challenges, a sheet-piled retaining wall was adopted in-lieu of more traditional secant piling. This used an innovative strut-tie force transfer system which resulted in large horizontal forces in the ground and first basement structure, allowing the superstructure floors and first basement level to extend beyond the footprint of the retaining-wall enclosure to the lower two basement levels.

The apartment fit-out and construction programme was significantly reduced through the use of prefabrication, whereby the two main mechanical & electrical risers and apartment heat interface unit utility cupboards were manufactured off-site to ensure consistent quality.

Andrew Harrison, Director of Waterman Structures, commented; “Having worked on the project since 2012, it’s wonderful to see the efforts of the whole team come to fruition. This scheme is exemplary in its quality and specification, showcasing yet another example of a successful collaboration between Native Land, RSH+P Architects and Waterman.”

The project was completed in September 2017.

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