One Newman Street is GPE’s mixed-use development, located in central London at the eastern end of Oxford Street. This elegant building provides world class retail directly onto the nation’s high street and, through a new Newman Street entrance, access to highly flexible office space and terraces to the upper floors.
This article explores how by investing in BIM to assist in the coordination and detailing of the technical design of the building our client, GPE, also gained the benefit of using the same information as a presentation tool allowing them to assess design options and make more informed decisions for their project quickly and accurately.
So how is this benefit realised, it must cost more?
Orms design using BIM models, providing numerous coordination advantages and de-risking the design for our clients. However utilising BIM provides more than a core technical functionality. We can create 3D visualisations directly from the same Revit model with very little or no post-production, so as well as advanced technical coordination our clients can rest assured that what they see is what they will get when building is completed and as they have already invested in BIM this added functionality significantly reduces the reliance on commissioning 3D visuals, another costly expense.
Completed reception space
Rendering taken straight from BIM model (no post production)
At Orms, as the design and BIM model develops the information is used to present in real time to the Client not just as visualisations but also interactive panoramas and walkthroughs, as well as in this case full virtual reality (VR) experiences.
Orms share VR contents so our clients can explore the design at their own pace, or they can pop-into our Shoreditch office and enjoy a VR walk with our headset.
Interactive walkthroughs are a great way to explore the design. They allow the Client and the design team to look at things from any place and explore relationships between spaces with ease.
The old saying goes ‘A picture is worth a thousand words’ if this is true then ‘a VR walkthrough is worth a thousand pictures.’
Scan the QR code to see it on your mobile device.
Using this visualisation capacity at One Newman Street we were able to quickly explore multiple options for a variety of spaces around the building including façade, reception and the rooftop terrace. Designs were assessed by exploring combined architectural, MEP and structural BIM models, giving a technical coordination confidence in the background, whilst presenting the look and feel to the client helping them to understand their vision and options available to them.
A great example of where optioneering was employed was for the feature stair.
The complex triangular steel staircase going from ground to the eighth floor went through multiple iterations. Several materials options were explored from concrete and steel for the structure, fabrics, and timbers for the finishes and all presented using panoramic views and standalone exports for a VR experience. The ability to “walk-around” the digital model was hugely beneficial in achieving confident and well-informed approvals.
And of course, the BIM model was not just a visualisation tool, it contained relevant technical BIM information to assist in coordination of finishes, fixing points and service runs within the staircase.
The design process and BIM benefit did not just stop there, TDS Midlands then developed their own very complex model for manufacture in Tekla. Where the design team usually models to level of detail LOD300, sub-contractors’ models are much more detailed and can include all nuts, bolts and screws. The helical geometry with bespoke section profiles added that extra level of complexity to the design. The TDS model won the Tekla Global BIM Awards for Small Projects, and you can see it here: https://www.tekla.com/uk/bim-awards/70-88-oxford-street-feature-stair
With the project now complete, we can now see what we ‘VR experienced’ all those months ago – it looks the same and is a great result!