Morris North and South Regeneration

The existing urban brownfield sites in the London Borough of Woolwich, consist of the demolition and redevelopment of Morris North and Morris South estates to provide affordable homes to the local community. The site is separated by a Network Rail line and once complete will provide a contemporary residential quarter, car parking, public realm space, landscaping and retail units.

The mixed tenure masterplan consists of approximately 605 flats provided within modern apartment blocks ranging from five to thirteen storeys high and 161 houses, set within a remodelled public realm.

What we are doing

Pell Frischmann was appointed by Lovell Partnerships to provide civil engineering, structural engineering, highways, geotechnical, contamination and remediation engineering services to the Morris North and Morris South sites.

The sites have significant topographical challenges. Working in collaboration with the team, we devised an engineering strategy which aligned the new building proposals closely with the existing topography and infrastructure. This delivered a significant capital cost reduction and programme saving when compared to the original outline design proposals.

The medium-rise blocks are to be constructed in reinforced concrete frames, the low-rise house typologies are to be formed using load-bearing masonry walls, timber floors, and timber roofs.  Lean efficient design and a repetitive approach have been adopted, which maximises the floor plate efficiency, limits the number of unique interfaces between the structure and façade elements, and benefits the internal arrangements by minimising the structural zone requirements.

Pell Frischmann has been exploring the advantages of utilising augmented reality technology on-site while the project is in the construction stage. We are bringing our BIM models to life on-site and comparing them with the finished structure, using Gamma AR technology. This makes it easier for us to conduct quality checks and enhances our communication with the contractor and client during our site visits.

Outcomes so far

The development involves affordable, shared ownership and private apartments and house types, covering a wide range of dwellings sizes for small to big families, promoting a diverse arrangement of residences.

We are trying to create a scheme that fits into the area and deliver something new, but keeping the sense of community and sense of what Woolwich really is.

Tom Tanvir, Senior Design Manager – Lovell Partnerships

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