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Transforming the heart of Woking

Creating a town centre landmark that will boost regeneration and investment.

A powerful symbol of growth, the Victoria Square retail, residential and hotel development is transforming the town’s skyline.

Careful logistics are key: moving people and materials around the town centre site, without causing disruption to local office workers or shoppers.

We’ve already saved time, money and materials by creating an alternative foundation solution. And thanks to expert planning and coordination, the towers are going up rapidly. In the meantime, our teams have been carefully choreographing the cranes to maximise work onsite.

Our next challenge? Moving waves of workers, equipment and materials up the towers to make them watertight and start fit-out works.

As ever, we’re rising to the challenge.

Summary

    • Client: Moyallen Developments & Woking Borough Council
    • Sectors: Commercial, Accommodation
    • Value: £330m
    • Location: South
    • Service: McAlpine Design Group

Hi-rise brings its own difficulties the main one being vertical transportation. You have a relatively small footprint but a large area of floor, so getting all the materials up and into the building to be able to fit it out will be a big challenge.

Helen Christie, Chief Engineer, Sir Robert McAlpine

Combined expertise

The combined expertise of our project, mechanical engineering, design and plant teams has helped us reduce cost and programme.

Solid alternative

Our in-house design team developed an alternative, leaner design for the building foundations. Providing significant time and cost benefits, the design uses smaller diameter piles than originally specified, topped with a concrete slab to spread the load.

Heavy machinery

Applying engineering and construction expertise, our teams have been perfectly choreographing the cranes on site to maximise productivity.

Rising high

To keep the towers rising at up to 2m a day, the concrete pours need scrupulous planning and strong collaboration with the structural engineer and subcontractor.

Onwards & upwards

Looking ahead, the logistical challenges are set to evolve upwards as we face the challenge of moving up to 800 workers and a host of materials up the towers - the staggered frame, envelope and fit out works following systematically behind each other.

Community

To boost local skills, we’ve been working with a nearby college to provide work placements for students. Our team has also raised funds to support Woking Hospice and organised a go-kart event with our supply chain partners to raise money for Maggie's.

Fundraising for Maggie's