Warwick Business School

The Brief

As part of our four-year framework with the University of Warwick, Robert West were appointed to provide civil and structural engineering services for the Phase 3B Development of Warwick Business School, incorporating new lecture theatres.

Value-Added Solution

The structural works for Phase 3B of the extension of Warwick Business School consists of the construction of two reinforced concrete frame blocks of four and five storeys. A lecture theatre and office block are positioned between the main blocks and are interconnected with a two storey atrium; this element is to be framed in steelwork with a pre-cast concrete plank floor. The complex geometry and 15m long spans of the lecture theatre lead to the use of steel within these areas. While the regular column grid and shorter spans in the main blocks allowed for the efficient use of an RC frame.

The new building is to be founded on piles supported using skin friction and end bearing in the clay substrate, this is to mitigate differential settlement between the new and the existing. The new building interconnects with the existing building which is a RC frame on piled footings, with the connection is made via new steel beams bearing into the existing RC columns. The additional loading on the existing building is accommodated in the future allowance designed into the existing building.

The Civil works for Phase 3B comprises the below ground drainage for rainwater and foul. Both systems are to be achieved using traditional gravity drainage connections into the existing carrier drain on the west side of the building. Outflows will require attenuation which will be achieved via the use of a below ground tank.

Final Outcomes

Robert West provided feasibility option studies and outline designs to Stage D+. Robert West were retained to act as Employers Agent Engineer during the construction phase of this Design and Build scheme. 


University of Warwick

End Client

University of Warwick
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  • Confident
  • Adaptable

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