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Bulgari Hotel London

Five-star engineering for a tough urban site

The Bulgari Hotel London is a world-class development comprising a luxury hotel and apartments on the edge of Hyde Park in swish Knightsbridge. The property has a six-storey basement, the location for a column-free ballroom and swimming pool, and an 11-storey superstructure.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff acted as structural engineer on the hotel, which was built on a compact and highly constrained spot in a complex urban environment. Its design optimises the site’s potential, tackling significant constraints below ground caused by the adjacent buildings, streets and infrastructure.

Key structural engineering strategies contributing to this effort included the use of embedded walls, plunge columns and top down techniques to construct the deep basement, extensive 3D modelling of the both the sub- and super-structures and reduction of structural floor depths to maximise floor to ceiling heights. A compact and robust main core also allows the best net to gross area ratio.

The building’s green credentials were enhanced by use of post-tensioned slabs, cement replacement, geothermal piles and diaphragm walls, helping the Bulgari Hotel win the Concrete Society’s 2011 Sustainability Award.

Client                    
Prime Development
Architect David Walker Architects, Squire and Partners
Location London, UK
Our services Structural engineering
Project status Completed in 2012