Aerial view of the Millenium Dome, the Thames river with Canary wharf in the background
Deep Foundations

Greenwich Design District

Design District is a permanent home for the creative industries -16 buildings by eight pioneering architects, as part of a Brown Field Development on the Greenwich Peninsula site.

The buildings will house various combinations of multi-use offices, flexible desk space, workshops and ateliers. The complex includes a food market and a roof-top basketball court.

As the buildings employ different design concepts and materials, each has its own structural solution. They share an efficient approach to foundation and to minimise arisings, depth of foundations and interaction with buried obstructions, vibro piling is to be used.

Transport for London’s planned Silvertown road tunnel will cross the site at the southern end, passing under two of the buildings.

Project Summary

  • Name
  • Greenwich Design District
  • Location
  • Greenwich, London, UK
  • Date
  • 2019
  • Client
  • Knight Dragon Developments Ltd
  • Contractor
  • Volker Fitzpatrick Ltd
  • Instrumentation Specialist
  • CET Structures


Ground conditions on Greenwich Peninsula are mixed with complex alluvial clays and compressible materials ever present.

Pore water pressure monitoring was required during the groundworks to ensure excessive pressures were not reached during piling activity.

The vibrating wire piezometers were connected to WI-SOS vibrating wire Nodes and a WI-SOS Gate-way.

The data was sent direct from site via FTP to Geo-Axion visualisation software to provide near real time monitoring.