Structural, civil and traffic engineering design
Our transportation engineers looked at ways to provide easy access and departure in drop-off, pick-up and parking areas.
The new terminal’s unique curved shape follows through to the external canopies. The first floor is constructed of suspended composite steel and concrete. As the curved profile of the building exerts lateral thrust, it is countered by a steel frame that transfers the force to the sub-structure designed to absorb it. A castellated main beam achieves both structural efficiencies and the architectural form of the building.
Our transportation engineers carried out traffic modelling to determine potential vehicle movements and traffic volumes at the terminal. This included looking at the different modes of transport that can be expected at the terminal, such as private cars, taxis, coaches etc. They looked at ways to provide ease of access and departure in drop-off, pick-up and parking areas.
We considered previous engineering work to repair and stabilise the original shipping berths. The gravity quay wall had suffered lateral movement damage over the years requiring stabilisation with ground anchors. So we specified short length bored piles to support the new terminal building and provide a 5m clearance above the ground anchors.