Kingston Heights Barge Dock Development

Case Study: Barge Dock Development

Sector: Commercial/Restaurant/Coffee Shop

Client: United House Ltd



To provide a platform over an existing barge dock to support the construction of a new restaurant and accommodation within the Kingston Heights residential and hotel development.

Key Details:

Large concrete transfer beams were used to build a supporting platform over a ‘horseshoe’ shaped span of water. Precast Hollowcore flooring was then installed to enable the further construction of a multi-functional commercial development housing a restaurant and additional accommodation.

Project Considerations and Solutions Used:

The project called for the installation of four concrete heavy load transfer beams – in this case to support the floor and external brickwork of the new two storey building.

Consideration had to be given to the use of heavy plant machinery, such as the crawler crane used to lift the beams, in the limited space available. The barge dock itself is located in a public park, and so speed of installation was critical to minimise disruption to local residents and users of the area. Charcon workers were able to install the beams and hollowcore flooring by 1pm the same day.


The completed project was on time, on budget and to the satisfaction of the client.

Patrick Egan, construction manager for United Housing said of the overall Kingston Heights project: “(It was) a difficult and some say unique project undertaken with great skill, planning, co operation and attention to detail.

“We are currently in dialogue with Charcon for a multi storey super structure which is a further phase of the project they completed in August 12.”



Additional Information:

Kingston Heights is a £70 million mixed use development in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in south-west London on behalf of NHP Leisure Developments.

It will comprise 136 residential units, including 80 private apartments and 56 affordable homes which will be managed by national affordable housing provider Affinity Sutton, as well as a 150 bedroom hotel with meeting, banqueting and conference facilities.