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Tall buildings present unique challenges in terms of both design and construction. Their sheer scale demands that particular attention is paid simultaneously to strategic and detailed issues. Tall Buildings Conference is intended to assist engineers in understanding the common challenges associated with transferring standard engineering principles and knowledge from low-rise structures to tall buildings.

Conference speakers include:

Tony Palgrave, Project Director at Mace & John Parker, Director at WSP – The Shard: Innovations in Design and Construction. With a height of 310m, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. The design and construction of the Shard incorporated numerous innovations that helped to ensure the building exceeded client expectations in cost, programme and lettable area. This presentation will explore some of these innovations and show how the contractor, designers and client worked together to achieve a successful project.

Adam McPartland, Associate at Glancy Nicholls & Dave Tyson, Managing Director at Design2e – Birmingham – Sky High Living. This presentation will provide an insight into Birmingham’s emerging tall building scene, focusing on the design and construction of ‘The Bank on Broad Street’ development – Birmingham’s first skyscraper in a decade. It will also outline the plans for Birmingham’s tallest building.

Dmitri Jajich, Structural Engineer, Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – A Case Study on Manhattan Loft Gardens – Balancing Design and Constructability. Manhattan Loft Gardens is a 143m tall, 42 storey, residential tower in Stratford, London. The tower is perhaps most distinguished by two triple-height sky gardens that take the form of notches cutting completely through the building at levels seven through ten and again at levels twenty-five though twenty-eight. This presentation will focus on the unusual post-tensioned outrigger and construction sequence design.

Albert Williamson-Taylor, Director at AKTII – A Case Study on One Park Drive. This presentation will provide a case study on One Park Drive – part of the Wood Wharf Development for Canary Wharf Group. This 58-storey tower will stand approximately 205m tall, providing quality residential space with amenities such as a gym, pool and lobby on the lower three floors.

Rory Bergin, Partner: Sustainable Futures at HTA Design – George Street, Croydon. This presentation will provide a case study on George Street in Croydon – two towers, a 38-storey and a 44-storey, scaling 135 metres and providing 546 new homes. The scheme is set to be the tallest modular tower in the world and it will also be delivered in just 24 months, from construction starting, to residents moving in to their new homes.

Peter Goring, Operations Director at Mace – A Case Study on Jump Factory. This presentation will provide a case study on Mace’s new ‘jumping factory’, which is being used to construct two residential towers at 30 and 26 storeys tall, at a rate of one storey every 55 hours.

Tall Buildings Conference will highlight design and building technology innovation in the UK high-rise sector – facilitating learning and knowledge transfer plus providing a platform for discussion and debate. The event is aimed at: major city developers, investors, local authorities, and architects, engineer and contractors that are focusing on the delivery of tall buildings.

There is a 25% Early Bird Discount available on delegate tickets until the end of January 2019. To book using this discount, simply enter promo code EARLYBIRD when booking your place here:

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