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Sea Containers House: Case Study.

TDS Midlands didn’t hesitate to get involved with this exciting yet challenging project. Sea Containers House has been a fantastic opportunity to show how we can work to a complex and bespoke brief, which will have a huge impact on a major city.

The project has thrown many obstacles at us, but the combined skill of the TDS team, coupled with the accurate modelling and fabrication information we created, has been essential to its success so far.



The Challenge

The plant screen is a multi-layered system consisting of custom aluminium tubes, a cladding sheet, rails to support the cladding sheet and associated fittings, all fixed back to the main steelwork. The construction depth of the cladding was restrictive yet needed to incorporate connections for all the above and provide accessibility for maintenance, as the tubes were required to support LED lighting strips. Additionally,  the screen needed to be designed in such a way that it could be installed as panels due to site lifting constraints and, on top of all this, the screen is set on a slope (whereby the pitch varies to each face) and traverses several curves – some 90 degree curves and one ‘S’ curve.

Aside from the main high level plant screen there is a small, separate screen mimicking the design of the main screen but without the slope. This element involved its own complexities, including the need to lift the structure into place in as few crane lifts as possible and the inclusion of hatches and doors within the screen for cleaning and maintenance.


What’s happening?

Originally built as a hotel in the 1970s, before becoming an office block during the 80s, Sea Containers House is undergoing extensive internal and external refurbishment, including the construction of a new, high-quality office building, as well as a hotel, restaurants and cafes.

Both the refurbishment and new development are working to a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.


Why is it happening?

Sea Containers House is located in South Bank, which is recognised as a vital employment area, with much room for economic growth. With such vast possibilities, along with a unique cultural heritage, it has been decided that Sea Containers House should fulfil its potential as an economic hub for South Bank. The project will not only rejuvenate the site, but the surrounding public areas too.


What to expect

  • A four-star hotel, featuring 268 rooms and a restaurant, which will bring more visitors to the area.
  • A nine-storey office development, offering Grade-A offices and retail facilities on the ground floor.
  • A refurbishment of the existing office building.
  • A rooftop bar overlooking the river.
  • Improved pedestrian access, including new walkways.

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