Goodluck Hope is a new neighbourhood consisting of 804 homes along the River Thames in London, on the historic Leamouth peninsula. Various apartment complexes are being built here. The name Goodluck Hope has its origins in the history of this part of London. There are records of ships docking here to unload their goods in 1297. Tea, spices, indigo, silk and Persian carpets were stored here in warehouses.
2. Byldis contribution to this project
Byldis is developing blocks B D F and blocks J K L for Goodluck Hope. The Byldis total concept: sandwich brickwork with precast concrete lintel, frame and glass, including French balcony railings. We are also producing, assembling and supplying the internal walls and floors.
3. Why was Byldis chosen?
Ballymore, the client, has a positive impression of Byldis as we worked together previously on London City Island and Royal Wharf. The construction site at Goodluck Hope is limited in terms of space, which makes traditional construction methods more difficult and for which prefabrication by Byldis provides the perfect solution. We make the precast panels in our workshop, which shortens the building time by around 30%. This results in significant benefits for the customer as the project can be completed sooner.
The logistic process is another reason why they chose Byldis. We are building on this island, while at the same time a private (primary) school and the Art School London continue as usual on the rear part of the island. Precast building offers a more controlled process when compared to traditional construction methods.
Just as with London City Island and Royal Wharf, Ballymore chose our total concept (Engineering, Prefab and Facades) for Goodluck Hope. The total concept consists of an integrated system for hull and facade. These are complete precast elements made of concrete and aluminium.
“With the precast panels from Byldis we can make construction elements off-site, which can shorten the building time by around 30%. This innovation led to us being nominated for the EG Awards (2019).”
Ballymore Properties ltd.
4. Challenges & solutions
Tower B (Douglass tower) at Goodluck Hope is an impressive 100-metres high. This block is a challenge for Byldis in terms of construction and technical assembly. The crown at the top of the building has to connect with our precast elements. Our solution for this is to adjust the precast elements so that they will fit perfectly in the building.
The steel upper lintels on various precast elements for Goodluck Hope are not standard. These lintels are also unique for Byldis. They are seldom used in precast elements. A solution was found by looking into how they could be fitted into the precast system. We have been able to achieve this by working closely with various different departments. From the early engineering phase right up to the production of the elements.
5. Facts & figures
804 homes, microbrewery and brewery school, commercial spaces, dry dock
tower B: 100 meters tower D: 60 meters tower F: 80 meters building J K L: 10.130 m² surface area
complete precast sandwich elements
Byldis expertise involved
Byldis total concept (engineering, precast concrete, aluminium facades)
Start of production Byldis
Start of assembly Byldis
Expected completion Byldis
building J K L: already completed (2020) towers B D F: 2020/2021
Ballymore properties ltd.
Glenn Howells Architects London
Behind the scenes. In this video you will see how we make the precast panels. First digitally by our Engineering department and next, in our workshop (Byldis Prefab and Byldis Facades), which shortens the building time by around 30%. This results in significant benefits for the customer as the project can be completed sooner.