Toureen Group showcase design skills at the GE Basements Conference

The 11th Annual Ground Engineering Basements and Underground Structures Conference took place in London at the Park Plaza Hotel, Victoria. It was an informative event which explored the procurement, design and delivery of underground space. 


Attending as Exhibitors, Toureen Group presented a case study to industry experts and other interested parties which outlined a major project undertaken at Heathrow Airport.   Our stand exhibited some of the other major projects carried out within the Toureen Group, together with highlighting the diverse capabilities the Group has to offer.

In partnership with Elliot Wood associates, Toureen Group delivered an insightful and detailed presentation to conference attendees on the Topic, "Heathrow T4 Hotel, A Balancing Act". Speakers included Mouwafak (Morph) Kassir (technical director, Toureen Group), Ian Flood (design manager, Toureen Group) and Patrick Antrobus (associate, Elliot Wood), who spoke on the project in detail from a design perspective and the alternative solutions they offered to the client at tender stage.


Toureen Group exhibition stand


Toureen received the project at tender stage from Grove Developments for pricing, where our in-house design team reviewed the tender information in detail. Using state of the art 3D modelling software, our design team assessed the buildings downward and uplift forces and concluded that a raft foundation was feasible. The proposal eliminated the need for 505 bearing piles.

The successful securing of the project largely arose from the alternative solution for the foundations and retaining walls. As a result of value engineering, The Toureen alternative scheme was some 10 weeks quicker and saved the client over £1M.

Toureen Group appointed Elliot Wood as Structural Engineers for the project, who would take overall responsibility for the design of the scheme and adopt our foundation and retaining wall proposals. Patrick Antrobus of Elliot Wood joined us during our case study presentation to discuss the design scheme in detail.

“Toureen has an unparalleled reputation for safe delivery and this project was no exception. I  hope today’s presentation has demonstrated the value in challenging the norm and investing in specialist design in order to find the optimum solution, as demonstrated during The Heathrow T4 Hotel project.”  -  Morph Kassir, Technical Director

The Basements and Underground Structures Conference is a gathering of leaders from major clients, main contractors, consultants, designers, specialist contractors and suppliers and essential for anyone involved in small, medium or large scale projects.


Heathrow T4 Hotel