The tower is divided into 4 discrete typologies – the ‘lofts’ at low level, the ‘cluster’ at mid-level and the ‘bays’ at upper levels and ‘sky gardens’ at the top of the tower.
The offset balconies were an important element of the visual form, but created challenges in maintaining envelope thermal continuity, and in terms of construction and weathering. These were resolved employing complex 3d junctions, developed with the sub-contractors. Accommodation of structural movement and tolerances were challenging, driven by floorplate rotational changes up the tower.
Extensive impact testing was undertaken on the terracotta, to give confidence in robustness for use on a high-rise tower application. One Park Drive won ‘Best Large Housing Scheme 2002’ at the New London awards.