Walsh has a track record and culture of innovation and thinking differently about everyday structural solutions. We have technical teams within the business seeking to improve our designs and processes while seeking to optimise our use of available technology.
We believe firmly in lean design, reducing any unnecessary design conservatism. Walsh proposals are scrutinised at each stage to ensure that value is achieved and that designs are developed in line with the cost plan.
As a project progresses through detailed design, Walsh’s broad knowledge of innovative construction methods can be called upon to ensure that the unique design requirements and interfaces are resolved well before construction begins on site.
On Cobalt Place, Walsh used CLT to dramatically reduce embodied carbon. Cross-laminated timber was used to create a building with 5.9% less embodied carbon than a traditional reinforced concrete (RC) design. Under the London Borough carbon offset systems, an equivalent saving in CO₂ emissions compared to that achieved on the Cobalt Place development from using a timber frame over an RC one would cost between £3.2m and £4.8m.
Walsh is currently working under NDA with a major commercial developer on CLT timber hybrid structural options and MMC prefabrication options.
One area Walsh are particularly proud of is the innovation achieved with our geotechnical partners at CGL and now our in-house geotechnical team. Numerous technical papers have been written on the exemplary work in relation to buttress piles which Walsh have utilised at Warwick Road, Prince of Wales Road, and Camberwell College of Arts.
Additionally, papers were published on our work at Calder’s Wharf, where we re-engineered an uneconomic foundation design to install a sunken raft solution in difficult ground conditions over the DLR tunnels.
In recent years, Walsh has been assisting MACE with the design and detail of their High-Rise Solutions. Walsh have pioneered the design for the full-depth precast panels for slabs, walls and columns and led the coordination with the associated parties. This has led to us assisting in the logistic management of the system and requires us to determine reference numbers for elements which get embedded into the Revit files. Ynomia are MACE partners which then physically asset track the panels through manufacture to site via Bluetooth transmitters. The systems track the progress of the build virtually in the cloud, all based on the Walsh Revit model and asset numbers.
This prestigious residential and commercial development features an extravagant Sky Pool placed between two of the structures. Walsh worked on all eight plots at Embassy Gardens adopting a number of innovative solutions across the development. Along with collaboration with the pool designers to ensure compatibility of building movements and sway at the support points we used a variety of structural forms including steel and concrete long span hybrid systems.