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Sustainable Living Complex Project

QP has been appointed, under a Design-and Build Contract, as Structural Engineers, Site Managers and M&E Detailers for the Sustainable Living Complex Project at the University of Malta. The project envisages the civil works for the construction of research, teaching and office facilities at the University of Malta, on a site footprint of over 9,000sq.m. The project is divided into two superstructure buildings, one accommodating offices and small laboratories, whilst the other design studios. At ground floor level, approached from an internal street/plaza, contains lecture halls and tutorial rooms. The substructure levels are dedicated to laboratories and workshops.

The building provides a robust and adaptable framework for state-of-the-art product research and development, with laboratories, offices, workshops, and specialist areas all capable of adapting to respond to future demands. This is a very challenging project for QP both from a design and a construction point of view and makes use of a hybrid of construction techniques and practices, including reinforced concrete core and frames and structural steelwork inclined columns, diagrid and space frame.

The design we developed comprises a reinforced concrete frame structure with cast-in-situ / precast prestressed slabs and in-situ concrete cores designed to resist lateral forces. Long-open plan halls have been roofed over using specifically-designed prestressed beams. At ground floor level, a system of inclined structural steel inclined columns have been introduced, supporting the transfer level.

QP was tasked with a number of challenges in the design, including devising a multi-storey structure that rests on inclined columns. The central feature of the space is a monumental staircase suspended from a steel diagrid enclosing the central atrium.

We worked extremely closely with the stakeholders to integrate the engineering design into the architectural form, allowing us to render the spacious areas desired by our Client and resulting in a building that is highly functional and aesthetically beautiful.

QP is making use of the latest software for the analysis, design and detailing of reinforced concrete and steel buildings, which enables the creation and management of 3D structural models from concept to fabrication.

Bringing together engineering teams and leading the way as innovative multidisciplinary design, the new SLC complex is a showpiece for QP. The project represents the ambitions of the University of Malta, demonstrating the best in architectural and engineering design while offering an inspirational environment.

The project is expected to be completed in shell form by the third-quarter of 2022.

Traffic flow simulations

Traffic behaves in a complex and nonlinear way, depending on interactions of a large number of vehicles. Despite having a population of less than half a million, Malta has one of the highest cars per capita in Europe, with the possibility of the number of cars on the road increasing faster than the population of the island. Thus traffic flow assessments to identify potential problems is of utmost importance both in the Maltese islands and also in fast-growing urban areas around the globe.

At QP, we utilise microsimulation to reproduce real world traffic conditions in a virtual model by simulating detailed individual vehicles behaviour on generated road networks. Microsimulation models are used to predict the likely impact of traffic patterns resulting changes to the physical environment.

Prior to generating the model itself, QP carries out surveys of existing road networks to a level of detail that would include imaginary road markings which are not visible in the real world. Our QP modellers are able to achieve a high level of accuracy when reproducing these models. Traffic will be assigned based on actual traffic demand generated from various zones linked to the network which is captured using video. We carry out multiple data collection to ascertain the validity of the inputs and modelling through detailed calibration checks, matrix estimation and emissions assessments.

By simulating vehicle behaviour on the roads, the interaction of different parts of a road network can be clearly understood. This provides an excellent opportunity to test out any new traffic network management schemes to optimise ensure they integrate properly before costly implementation measures.

Article compiled by Steven Vella from QP Architecture Department

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QP employee, Clarabel Versace has been appointed as a member of the newly formed Council for the Malta Chamber of Construction Management

The Malta Chamber of Construction Management (MCCM) represents construction professionals in the built environment at the various levels operating in Malta. Its primary objective is to promote high standards in quality, ethics, and integrity within the industry. MCCM is also at the forefront of innovation of the local built environment working to have a positive impact on general policies and regulations that govern the industry.

An integral part of the Chamber’s mission statement is ‘to be at the forefront of public education, encouraging research and sharing the outcome from this research’. It is with great pleasure for QP to congratulate Clarabel for her new role within the Malta Chamber for Construction Managers. She has been entrusted with the Education and Development sector of the Chamber. Within this role, together with the team, she will be focusing on the educational aspect of the construction managers roles within the industry. She will be also representing the upcoming generations and women with the industry, to increase their involvement.

Part of her work will include identifying existing local and foreign courses eligible for such roles whilst holding discussions and participating in the collaborative agreements with institutions to make courses available to address the needs of the management sector at all levels. She has also been entrusted with guiding individuals who are interested in the sector on how to become a Construction Project Manager, Construction Site Manager and other managerial roles within the industry. In addition to this, she will provide guidance to the MCCM members who are interested in improving their academic levels, including the promotion of continuous development programs, such that they can develop and progress further in the industry.  

Feel free to reach out to the Malta Chamber of Construction Management and to Clarabel.   QP remains supportive of this initiative and wishes the Chamber a positive and fruitful participation in the industry.

Clarabel graduated 5 years ago with a Bachelors in Construction Engineering, and since then she has been an integral part of QP’s Architecture team.

Find out more about MCCM: https://mccm.org.mt/

QP completes the refurbishment of the luxury Athenaeum Spa at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Malta

Since opening over 50 years ago, Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard became a quintessential part of Malta. Located next to the beautiful San Anton Palace, the hotel is set in tranquil gardens. The new Athenaeum Spa is set in the same area as the original spa built 30 years ago, spread over two floors and covering 2,000 square metres.

The client’s brief was to create a wellness sanctuary – with a design that should reflect the Maltese Islands and the Mediterranean basin that it is set into. The new Athenaeum was to include a long list of state-of-the-art facilities including a thermal Vitality Suite with a Vitality Pool, heated marble beds, sauna and steam room, nail bar, treatment rooms, a relaxation lounge and terrace, and indoor pool complete with a Jacuzzi.

With nurturing of both the body and mindset as a goal , in a Mediterranean oasis setting,  every single element of the spa was studied carefully in terms of its colours, forms, shapes, and textures, whilst still fulfilling function.

The first focus was on communicating the experience and understanding how staff and guests come together. It was essential that the design team walked in the shoes of the operator, whilst seeing with the client’s eyes – a multi-disciplinary task to deliver a spa with optimised space arrangement and cohesive style in order to achieve maximum relaxation and a seamless spa journey.

A welcoming reception, changing rooms, a peaceful pre-treatment area, treatment rooms, wet treatment spaces, and the relaxation lounge, were planned within the existing context of the site, ensuring that the guest moved from a space to another with a movement that was to be smooth and consistent not only in terms of flow, but also in temperature, lighting and sound.

Being also a tactile experience, it was decided that the finishes were to be neutral, allowing guests to relax, with soft lines, polished finishes, arches and curves all of which add to the relaxing feeling space creates. Great importance for the designers’ team was also attached to connecting the indoor and outdoor spaces of the spa, with lots of Mediterranean planting being used both internally and externally.

Essentially the project involved the intricate weaving of Spa knowledge, technical and ergonomic requirements, spatial design, interior design and landscape design. 

It was essential that the QP design team in collaboration with Goddard Littefair, walked in the shoes of the operator, whilst seeing with the client’s eyes – a multi-disciplinary task to deliver a spa with optimized space arrangement.

Details throughout the space have been meticulously considered to add to the guest journey – natural materials including stone are celebrated and contrasted against polished marble. Columns and archways give a sense of grandeur, while the perfectly positioned greenery brings the restorative beauty of the outdoors inside. In a conscious effort for the spa to be further connected to nature, the vitality pool is both indoor and outdoor and the garden space features a plunge pool with a relaxation deck. It was important to bring the landscape indoors as well as curate the landscape outdoors, as it contributes significantly to wellbeing and quality of life.

A new atmosphere of tranquillity in our non-stop world!

In a fast-evolving modern world, driven predominantly by technology and digital interaction, the need to completely switch off and disconnect to regain the true meaning of a healthy lifestyle has become so much more critical.  QP has been engaged right from the start to lead and deliver a premium residential development that seeks to address these needs.   The Shoreline is set to become a residential address providing the best combination of space planning, well-balanced indoor and outdoor areas with all the comforts and supporting facilities that one could desire.

This mixed-use development project consists of luxury apartments, penthouses, villas, a shopping centre and an underground parking facility. With a total area of ​​around 120,000 m2 in the form of a solid “boomerang” block, the development overlooks the sea and accommodates seven individual terraced villas with their own entrances and garages. Amenities include a large swimming pool and landscaped gardens available for the private use of residents.

The project combines luxurious residential units overlooking the ocean with unmatched open views.   Shoreline caters for the possible needs of all its residents and enjoys a dynamic commercial complex catering to the daily needs within walking distance.  

QP is leading the Shoreline project and responsible for the full coordination of all the design and the works on site.  The highly experienced team of professionals from QP working on the project are responsible for the overall management of the project including cost estimation and change control.

It is satisfying that after so many years of planning and coordination, enabling works on this extensive waterfront project have commenced and construction is expected to mobilise any time shortly.   

From the very early stages, from conceptualisation, we engaged with the client and the project stakeholders to meticulously draw up a detailed project brief as a basis for a robust project budget and timeline.   We use our extensive knowledge of project management techniques and cost databases to deliver a project of this scale and complexity with professionalism.

The Shoreline projects has been awarded A LEED Silver certification (design-stage).