THEBLADESPECIFICATIONPage1of101.0 General Building Specification
All materials and workmanship are specified to comply with applicable building regulations and
current British or European Standard Specifications and codes of practice.
1.1 Planning Grid
Designed on a 1.5m planning module throughout with adjustments at boundary walls.
1.2 Structural Grid
The structural grid is a 13.5 x 9.0m repeating pattern. The building achieves a net floorplate
of over 8,000 sq ft with only two central columns.
Finished floor to ceiling:
Ground to 13th
Lower ground (to underside of services zone)
Ground to 13th
Slab to finished level
The building will have a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating.
2.0 Substructure and Fabric
• Northern and western perimeter retaining wall: 750mm
• Southern perimeter retaining wall: Giken vibration-less sheet pile.
• Generally: Bored pile foundations with reinforced concrete
pile-caps and ground-bearing slab.
Superstructure will be a steel frame with fabricated beams supporting composite steel decking
and reinforced concrete slab. Lateral stability is provided by sheer walls in the escape cores.
4.0 Live Load Capacities
Design load (kN / sq m)
3.5 + 1
Traffic / Plant - Basement
Plant Loading - Roof
Terraces - 13th & 14th
Toilet core / stairs
THEBLADESPECIFICATION5.0 External Envelope
5.1 Cladding Type 1
Office areas are clad with a unitised curtain walling system consisting of storey height structural
silicone double-glazed window units on a 1.5m module.
5.2 Cladding Type 2
The eastern stair core and glazed lift shaft will be of single-glazed clamped structural glass,
supported on two sides. Cable-tensioned mid-span support structure spanning between primary
5.3 Cladding Type 3
Core areas are clad in an anodised aluminium rainscreen panel and louvre system.
5.4 Cladding Type 4
Rooftop plant areas are enclosed by screen