Riverside Studios, London

Perfect recording conditions and peace for the neighbours

Riverside Studios is a production studio, theatre and independent cinema on the banks of the River Thames in Hammersmith. Prior to closing in 2014, it played host to contemporary and international dramatic and dance performance, film, visual arts productions and television production.

WSP is providing multi-disciplinary engineering design services including structures, building services and various specialists for the project, which involves the construction of a new five-storey prime residential development together with a new television recording studio for Riverside Trust (RT).

The RT development includes three separate ground-floor recording studios, which are up to 12m high, as well as a café, office space and apartments above. A double-height basement includes parking and plant rooms as well as a 100-seat cinema.

A key feature of the design is the ‘box in box’ construction to isolate the recording studios and cinema from the surrounding uses. The studios are up to three storeys high and require long clear spans. Further structural challenges include incorporating transfer structures over the studios to support the residential structure above.

The structure is a hybrid solution using in-situ concrete for the substructure, post-tensioned concrete for the upper residential frame and steelwork for the large transfer beams and trusses in the studios.

As the site is adjacent to the river the project involves strengthening to the river wall as well as the construction of a new access shaft to the storm water sewer that runs beneath the site.