Mclaughlin & Harvey IDRM Oxford

Alan White Design were appointed to provide creative solutions for complex temporary work challenges on this project for McLaughlin and Harvey at the University of Oxford.
The project, which was valued at £23.5m and lasted 67 weeks. Involved the construction of a world-leading medical research building and ancillary plant. The building would be used by the Institute of Development & Regenerative Medicine (IDRM).
The three-storey, 65,000sqft building includes a state-of-the-art laboratory consisting of departments for cardiology, neurology and immunology. Specialist labs, meeting rooms and other spaces for research are also included within the building. 

We provided creative solutions to the temporary works challenges facing the site team. The surrounding buildings are sensitive to movement and vibration and our design solutions needed to take account of this.

We worked with the site team as a collaborative member to ensure project success within tight timescales. Our designs needed to consider all of the site constraints. 
We designed the following items on the site:

  • A piled tower crane foundation
  • Hoarding design
  • Piling platform design
  • Building piled foundation peer review
  • Various formwork checks
  • Backpropping design
  • Capping beam propping
  • Temporary weather protection to the building

Overall the project was completed on-time and marks another successful temporary works project for the AWD team.