Testing and justifying – Flip It

Testing and justifying

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The need to maximise returns on constrained city-centre sites will often result in the partial or complete demolition and re-build of existing buildings.

Elliott Wood will always look to challenge this assumption, employing intelligent back analysis and on-site material testing to find programme and cost-saving solutions to inefficiencies within original structural designs.

Our work on the transformation of the former Midland Bank headquarters, by Soho House and Sydell Group, into The Ned - the City of London’s finest new hotel and membership club - is a case in point.

Here, we flipped original proposals that sought to remove large beams from above the banking hall, using extensive on-site testing to prove that the existing structure of the Grade I listed building could support the increased load of additional storeys and a rooftop swimming pool.

In doing so we were not only able to save our client both time and money but also preserve sections of this magnificent building, designed in 1924 by British architect Sir Edwin "Ned" Lutyens, for future generations to appreciate.