Battersea Power Station

TÜV SÜD Wallace Whittle London 2014 - 2015
  • Artist impression of the Battersea Power Station, copyright Battersea Power Station Development Company

Project History

In September 2014 TÜV SÜD Wallace Whittle commissioned Cadnet to deliver an MEP modelling project for the Phase 1 Redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. The project was for the creation of fully coordinated MEP BIM models for 170 apartments within a six month time frame. This required management and delivery of a substantial high quality modelling resource working within a collaborative environment.

Battersea Power Station was built in two parts in the the 1930s and 1950s but ceased generating electricity in 1983 after 50 years of production. The current redevelopment plans were mrealised following the purchase of the power station by a Malaysian consortium in 2012. Construction on phase 1 of the project began 2013 and is due for completion in Spring 2016.

Our Approach

The success of this MEP Modelling project relied on the early definition of processes and access for all parties to standardised information. This included a model template containing all the necessary geometry and data. A project library was also created containing all standard components such as plant and equipment, fixtures and fittings, annotation and system families.

An online portal was set up using Autodesk BIM 360 Glue to create a collaborative working environment for a widely dispersed team including the client. A comprehensive coordination plan was defined and implemented for the development and delivery of the models.

An online portal was set up using Autodesk BIM 360 Glue to create a collaborative working environment for a widely dispersed team including the client. A comprehensive coordination plan was defined and implemented for the development and delivery of the models.

The Outcome

In less than three weeks Cadnet had set up the structure, processes and quality checks to begin the modelling programme. Basic training, supporting training materials and validation checks were provided together with guidance for the engineering and modelling teams.

Thereafter Cadnet delivered eight to twelve fully coordinated MEP models each and every week. BIM 360 Glue was used to keep engineers informed and allowed them to review and comment on the models in progress. A colour coding system was used to signify the origin and importance of comments. All models were validated on completion and any errors highlighted to the engineering teams for resolution.

Once completed, checked and validated models were packaged as 3D Navisworks NWD and 2D PDFs and issued to the client. Effective design co-ordination meant this substantial project was run on time and on budget.

What the client said...

Cadnet was commissioned to deliver 170 separate MEP models for the residential apartments on Phase 1. The programme for delivery was extremely tight and critical that we met the target dates we had agreed.

We had explored a number of options for delivering the data but settled on Cadnet as they had proven experience of delivering large scale ‘Revit’ models. From the outset we were pleased with their performance. Within a few weeks they were delivering 12 apartments per week to a good standard and meeting the demands of the programme.

Cadnet provided an excellent service including delivery of the model data via their online portal providing us with 24/7 access to review and comment on the models. If I have another project of this nature I will definitely put Cadnet on my tender list for BIM services.

Dan Williams, Associate Director At Skanska Rashleigh Weatherfoil

Services Provided

  • MEP Modelling