Winchester House, Bracknell

The development at Winchester House, Bracknell, is 19 storeys high with a single level basement and replaces the former 3M 15 storey office building, which was demolished during summer 2015. The scheme consists of 311 high-quality flats, a gym and two business units suitable for a restaurant or retail use. The profile of the building steps back at each level above 10th floor and incorporates roof terraces for residents.

The new landmark building forms a central part of the town centre regeneration along with a new public realm market square.

Pure Structures Ltd were appointed by Comer Homes to carry out the Structural Design of the building.

The building structure is a reinforced concrete frame comprising flat slabs and blade columns and with stability provided by the combined action of shear walls and coupled main stair/lift cores.

The building envelope is a specialist system with feature rainscreen cladding/ribs and integrated balconies.

All drawing production was carried out using Autodesk Revit and Pure Structures’ BIM model provided a valuable tool for the client and contractor to improve the construction process. Collaborative work carried out between the design team was also particularly useful in relation to setting out coordination and clash detection.

The project was completed at end 2018 and is now fully let/occupied.

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