Top marks for Walsh as structural and civil engineer completes work on Hawley Primary School
Structural and civil engineer Walsh has completed work on Hawley Primary School as part of a canal-side development in Camden, London.
From the initial planning stage to completion, the London-based firm acted as structural and civil engineer on the first phase of the Hawley Wharf Masterplan.
The work included a new-build three-storey structure and the conversion and integration of a Grade II listed building at 1 Hawley Road.
With its challenging layout, featuring structure stepping and orientation change, Walsh chose to use a reinforced concrete frame for its flexibility in managing transfers and varying load paths.
“The layout of the school building meant that this wasn’t a straightforward project,” says Walsh Associate, Niall McFadden.
“Initially, a masonry structure with precast slabs was proposed but this was not suited to the design. We also investigated using a steel frame but a reinforced concrete frame was the clear winner.”
With its Glulam Courtyard Portico-clad frame, the single-form entry school accommodates 236 children from nursery to year six, with the classrooms arranged around an intimate central courtyard.