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.

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