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Case Study : Innovation
This project applied Wirth Research’s expert CFD and aerodynamic knowledge to a large scale, high-profile, city centre project, considering safety, the environment and pedestrian comfort.
By utilising hi-resolution Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), we were able to monitor wind activity surrounding Lipton Rogers’ high-rise Central London building project, 22 Bishopsgate. Using our specially formulated techniques on landscaping and pedestrian comfort studies, Lipton Rogers was able to incorporate safe wind manipulating features into the design and landscaping of the building, as well as the surrounding environment.
PLP Architecture A London-based team of architects, designers and thinkers, that continually commits to social, economic and environmental ideals. The team’s specialism lies in the city centre, working on the handling of materials, space and light, where it aims to inspire and enrich society.
Lipton Rogers Developments
A real estate development business, which concentrates on large scale city centre projects in London, particularly office developments in the City and West End. It applies a range of creative solutions to solve major challenges, with exceptionally striking results. Its creativity and capability in planning has been the driving force behind many iconic developments in London, including the Tate Modern.
22 Bishopsgate was formerly the site of the Pinnacle. Planning permission was granted in 2006, but construction ceased in 2012. Lipton Rogers rose to the challenge of delivering an eye-catching, feasible and fully funded project, with the aim of providing London with some much needed office space that was both striking and sustainable.
Wirth Research was approached as part of the three year long design solution, to provide detailed analysis of the impact of wind around the new high-rise building. Using ‘hi-res’ CFD, Wirth Research was asked to provide the best possible location and combination of wind mitigation strategies, to maximise pedestrian comfort and safety.
Wirth Research carried out its innovative ‘hi-res’ CFD on the design for 22 Bishopsgate, to ensure wind conditions at the base of the building would be comfortable for pedestrians – for example, minimising strong wind currents created by a difference in pressure or ‘stack effect’. A variety of novel wind mitigation measures were proposed to deflect, absorb and dissipate the strong ‘downdraught’ wind created when air hits a tall building. These CFD-derived mitigation measures were validated in subsequent wind tunnel studies.