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BIM to aid United House's £58m Islington scheme

10 Dec 12 Specialist London housing contractor United House has been awarded a £57.6m contract to build a new mixed-use development on Wharf Road in Islington, N1, using building information modelling (BIM).

Artist's impression of the building
Artist's impression of the building

The A2Dominion Group has appointed United House to deliver the scheme, working alongside architect FraserBrownMacKenna and project designer Stephen Marshall.  The BIM concept envisages virtual construction of a building prior to its actual physical construction, to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems, and simulate and analyse potential impacts.

BIM advocates say that it prevents errors by enabling conflict or 'clash detection'. The computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building (e.g. structural frame and building services pipes or ducts) may wrongly intersect.  This allows important decisions about the project’s life cycle to be made reliably ahead of time and maximises productivity on site during the build programme, often shortening construction time and decreasing costly deliveries and site waste. 

The canal-side development includes 327 new homes (for private sale, shared ownership and social rent) arranged in four blocks ranging from seven to ten storeys, with rooftop play areas and terraces, plus nearly 6,000 sq ft of commercial space.

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The double-storey basement that United House will be constructing beneath the scheme is situated between listed buildings within a conservation area.  All of the apartments in the scheme are designed to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and commercial spaces will meet BREEAM Excellent.

United House group chief executive Jeffrey Adams said: “We have an exceptional track record for building high quality product in the London Borough of Hackney – and a reputation for pushing the boundaries when it comes to new construction techniques that will deliver a strong return on investment for our clients.  We look forward to bringing this large scale urban project to fruition on behalf of A2Dominion.”

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