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The specific effects of COVID-19 on the construction sector are impossible to predict – but delays, loss of revenue and major disruption are inevitable for all areas of the built environment and its supply chain. The key will be how to ride everything out without too much commercial and economic devastation. Tall buildings are built out of necessity as one of a wide range of tools to achieve high density development. They provide a solution to control urban sprawl as their relatively small footprint maximises the use of land. But love them or loathe them, the numbers are on the rise. According to research by New London Architecture, 76 buildings of more than 20 storeys were due for completion in the capital this last year – up threefold on 2018. The same report found a pipeline of 541 proposed London towers, so the sector is clearly very busy. Planning attitudes towards skyscrapers have gone full circle. The high-rise area in London’s Docklands sprung up as something of a surprise but it was Canary Wharf that really started to change attitudes. The Gherkin and more latterly The Shard were seen by many as iconic and opposition started to fade away until the devastating blaze at Grenfell Tower in west London changed perceptions and regulations. The renewed focus on global warming has also caused many to think again about the pros and cons of tall buildings. Rather than being deterred by the ever-changing rules of sky-scraper construction, developers are finding innovative ways of working within them. Whatever the pressures are, they are not dissuading firms from trying to build upwards and the Tall Buildings Magazine will feature engineering accomplishments and creative design solutions from across London and beyond to Birmingham and other major UK conurbations, where new tall buildings are reshaping the city skylines. Many thanks to all our contributors, advertisers and supporters.
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Vision Modular Systems announce plans to break their own world record for the worlds tallest modular building and take a look back on their achievement in recent years with the switch on of lights in Croydon.
News and developments highlighting design and building technology innovation in the UK high-rise sector.
The Madison is a slender hexagonal glass clad tower located in E14 adjacent to Canary Wharf comprising of 319 high specification studio apartments and penthouses.
Located at the heart of London’s South Bank is the iconic mixeduse scheme One Blackfriars which creates a gateway to the historic borough of Southwark.
100 Broad Street
100 Broad Street has been designed by Glancy Nicholls Architects and is set to be one of the tallest buildings outside of London - comprising of 503 high-end luxury apartments with unique panoramic views.
W.R. Berkley developed 52 Lime Street, a 190 metre tall mixed-use building dubbed ‘The Scalpel’ featuring sleek and geometrical intersecting reflective planes giving it a distinct identity.
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Those who are shaping our city skylines will congregate at 99 City Road, London in September, for the newly launched and highly anticipated Tall Buildings Awards – here you can see the shortlisted entries featuring the ‘best of the best’ in tall buildings.
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VISION MODULAR REACHING RECORD BREAKING HEIGHTS Modular and volumetric practices augment the construction industry with a multitude of benefits that span from greener, healthier environments to increased sustainability, higher quality and faster build times. 1 2019 marked a monumental shift towards modular technology with the sector reaching new heights – literally in the case of market leaders Tide Construction and their offsite manufacturing company, Vision Modular Systems. Just 35 weeks after they commenced the installation of the first of 1,526 modules, Tide Construction announced the completion of the super structure for the world’s tallest volumetric modular building. At 136 metres high – equivalent to the London Eye – the 101 George Street scheme was manufactured by Tide Construction’s 3D volumetric modular company, Vision Modular Systems. By manufacturing the buildings inside a controlled factory environment, the developer and manufacturer will complete the project in just over two years - half the time it would have taken using traditional methods of construction. The scheme, purchased by Greystar and Henderson Park, will house 546
build-to-rent apartments. In October 2019, Tide Construction craned into place the last of 1,526 precisionengineered modules which have been installed on site in Croydon to create two towers reaching 44-storeys and 38-storeys tall. This project is testimony to what modular construction can achieve and underpins the UK’s credentials as a global leader in modular technology. Just 12 months after the first module was installed, Tide Construction’s John Fleming and Christy Hayes hit the switch at the top of 101 George Street to shine a spotlight on the world leading 44-storey modular tower. John Fleming, chairman at Tide Construction, said: ‘It’s great to see 101 George Street come to life. This new development showcases the very best of British design, engineering and offsite technology. It’s thanks to this technology and our efficient construction logistics that we were able to achieve a 26-month construction programme.’
These modules are fully completed internally including kitchens and bathrooms and are then transported to site. The apartments roll off the production line fully certified and accredited – backed by the UK’s leading certification bodies, to ensure that every asset is fundable, mortgageable and insurable. In the past outmoded construction approaches have been negatively contrasted with the engineering prowess of the automotive industry. However, Vision Modular Systems’ factory in Bedford, just outside London, manufactures apartments on a production line, assembling components to create completed modules, illustrating that they are similar to the automotive manufacturing sector. Breaking their own world record, this success comes on the back of Tide Construction and Vision Modular delivering the 90 metre high Apex House providing much needed student accommodation in Wembley
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“Co-living does work,” says Croydon’s Toni Letts. “It is the future. We don’t have the space to build that many homes. There is skill-sharing, a sense of belonging. It really can be a community.”
for approval by the Croydon planning officers and the development will now have to go before the Greater London Authority (GLA), as under set protocols the scheme must be referred to the Mayor’s Office for a stage two report.
2 and the 89 metre high Mapleton Crescent offering private-for-sale residential apartments in Wandsworth. But it is not only high-rise student accommodation, build-to-rent apartments and hotels that the modular experts specialise in – sustainable, high-quality co-living solutions to alleviate the housing crisis is the company’s most recent venture. Co-living is a type of intentional community providing shared housing for people with mutual interests.
This may simply be coming together for activities such as meals and discussions in the common living areas but can extend to shared workspaces and collective endeavours such as living more sustainably.
Tide Construction’s skyscraper scheme has impressed the council’s planning chair, convincing her that co-living is a viable solution to London’s housing issues ‘Co-living does work,’ says Croydon’s Toni Letts. ‘It is the future. We don’t have the space to build that many homes. There is skill-sharing, a sense of belonging. It really can be a community.’
A sample of Tide Construction and Vision Modular schemes illustrating the storeys noted below
Tide Construction’s plans for the largest co-living scheme in the capital have been recommended
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The World’s Tallest Modular Residential Towers Include: 1. 101 George Street, Croydon – 136 metres by Tide and Vision 2. Clement Canopy Towers, Singapore – 130 metres 3. 461 Dean Street, New York – 109 metres 4. Apex House, Wembley – 90 metres by Tide and Vision 5. Mapleton Crescent, Wandsworth – 89 metres by Tide and Vision
3 The scheme encompasses 817 individual co-living units and 120 apartments in buildings of up to 49 storeys, which again would see Tide Construction breaking their own world record for the tallest modular scheme. The larger co-living tower includes 32,500 ft2 of amenity space, including communal catering facilities, co-working spaces, a ground-floor cafe and a roof-top garden. Furthermore Tide Construction and Vision Modular Systems’ buildings are energy efficient, fully compliant with building regulations and heightened institutional standards, and offer design flexibility. Practical building systems that deliver at scale and at pace, increase productivity and create practical solutions to help resolve the shortfall in housing stock.
As experts in the modular volumetric industry, Tide Construction and
Vision Modular Systems are at the forefront of offsite manufacturing processes that are revolutionising the construction industry. Through detailed research, the development of their modular building methodologies enables developers and institutional investors to deliver well-designed projects with accelerated schedules – creating a panacea of effective construction methods, bringing sustainable, greener solutions that deliver consistent quality and building performance.
IMAGES 01 101 George Street – Build to Rent 02 Proposed Dawn View, College Road 03-04 101 George Street – Build to Rent
INDUSTRY NEWS Buildings M Tall 2019 Was Record-breaking Year for Super Tall Skyscrapers A record 26 towers over 300 metres were completed in 2019 according to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, while there was a drop in the number of 200-metre-tall buildings completed. Of the 26 new supertall towers the 530-metre-high Tianjin CTF Finance Centre by SOM is the tallest. It is the seventh tallest skyscraper in the world, along with its sister tower the Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre.
The £7.6billion project stalled during the Malaysia Development Berhad embezzlement scandal. At just over 445m it was the fourth tallest to complete last year. Drop in skyscrapers attributed to lag from crash Overall there was over a 13 per cent drop in the number of buildings completed that were over 200 metres. In 2019 there were 126 of these skyscrapers built compared to 146 in 2018. The CTBUH report suggested this was due to the lag from projects cancelled during the 2008 financial crash, and not a result of more recent global events.
Records broken around the world The record-number of supertall skyscrapers in 2019 beat the previous year's 18 supertall towers, which was also a record at the time.
China and India set skyscraper records China built the most skyscrapers over 200m in 2019, accounting for 45 per cent of the global total. It's the fifth year in a row that China has built the tallest building as the country continues to be in the midst of a construction boom.
Following the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, the second tallest building completed in 2019 was the RMJMdesigned Lakhta Centre in Russia. At 462m high it is currently the tallest building in Europe.
Shenzhen had the most new skyscrapers of any city, with 15 completions that accounted for almost 10 per cent of the world total alone. It's the fourth time in a row the city has broken its own record.
Algeria set the record for the tallest building on the African continent with the 265m high Great Mosque of Algiers, or Djamaa el Djazaïr. Designed by China State Construction Engineering, the mosque also has the world's tallest minaret. Another notable supertall was the Exchange 106 Tower in Kuala Lumpar.
Second to China was the US, which completed 14 skyscrapers over 200 metres. India shot up to third place with seven completions over 200 metres, having finished none in 2018. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) noted that there are several more under construction in the country that are yet to meet its completion criteria.
London Developer Commits to Zero Carbon Buildings by 2030
Property developer Great Portland Estates plc has committed to constructing net zero carbon buildings by 2030. The firm has also signed up to a groundbreaking Climate Change Commitment launched by members of the Better Buildings Partnership. The BBP represent 31 leading property owners who are working together to improve the sustainability of existing commercial buildings. GPE also aims to upgrade its existing portfolio of buildings to achieve a 40% reduction in energy intensity and at least a 69% reduction in carbon intensity by the 2030 target date. As part of the Climate Change Commitment, GPE will now publish the progress it makes towards its net zero carbon pathway, including whole building performance. The commitment is designed to tackle the growing risks of climate change through the delivery of net zero carbon real estate. Last June, the UK committed to become the first G7 nation to set a legally binding target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. At the time the Government’s Committee on Climate Change warned that if the goal was to be met, the industry had little more than 10 years to take all new buildings over to net zero carbon.
Britain Seeing Huge Growth In Number Of High-Rise Buildings Across the UK as a whole, there are currently over 270 existing high-rise buildings and structures, of which around 70% are in London. The UK has just 17 highrise buildings over 150 metres in height and just one building – The Shard in London – over 300 metres. Definitions of high-rise buildings vary, but an interesting report by AMA Research looks at UK regional and London developments of 15-20 storeys and above. Unlike other international cities, London is considered ‘low-rise’ for a global city and financial capital of the world; with the pace of high-rise development way behind other global cities. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of high-rise buildings proposed and approved for construction in the UK. The UK development pipeline currently stands at around 500 buildings, of which over 85% are planned in London, while the rest are clustered in key cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Salford. In terms of end-use sectors, around 70% of highrise buildings currently under construction or under consideration across the UK are primarily residential, but with an element of mixed-use encompassing retail, community or leisure. In London, the high-rise market is being driven by the buoyant private housing sector, especially at the top-end of the market, and resurgence in demand for
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commercial property. The concept of high rise living has changed and the majority of high-rise residential tower blocks in UK cities are now being developed as luxury accommodation, targeting a very different demographic and being developed with a mixed-use element incorporating leisure facilities, concierge services, restaurants and retail. Key factors affecting the development of high-rise buildings include cost, space efficiency, wind and seismic considerations, structural safety, risk challenges both on site and in completed buildings, speed of elevators, new building materials to potentially replace steel and concrete and damping systems. In addition, significant technical and logistical factors include pumping and placing concrete at extreme heights, and craning and lifting items to extreme heights. Hayley Thornley, Research Manager at AMA Research said: ‘Going forward, the high-rise construction market is set to continue to grow, with the ever-increasing demand for housing. However, there are concerns about too many projects aimed at the luxury end of the market, which is not matched with housing demand. In addition, the uncertainties surrounding the EU referendum may influence some high-rise schemes, with many projects in the pipeline forecast to exceed stated completion dates.’ The proportion of mixed-use schemes in the high-rise buildings pipeline is set to grow, with around 18% of developments either under construction or proposed with a mixed-use function. In the office market, rising take-up, low availability of grade-A space and increasing rents in cities such as Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Edinburgh, is helping to boost output in the commercial office sector and has led to more speculative building.
Build to rent specialist Moda Living has submitted plans to transform Great Charles Street in Birmingham into a high-rise residential-led neighbourhood. The firm said it was looking beyond the coronavirus epidemic and was committed to building a second major scheme in the city. Moda along with joint venture funding partner Apache Capital plans to transform a 2.6-acre, brownfield site in the Jewellery Quarter into a neighbourhood with 722 new homes for rent. Residents would also be provided with coworking spaces, a gym and 24-hour concierge. The development will also feature new public amenities and activate Lionel Street with new shops and commercial space. Family-backed Moda and Apache Capital now have £850million of live schemes under construction across the UK – the first phase of its £2.5billion pipeline of over 7,500 rent-only homes. With further projects across the UK in varying stages of design, planning and development, Moda and Apache Capital are on target to be opening 125 homes a month by the end of 2021.
Sustained growth in the private rented sector (PRS) is also driving the development of high-rise housing, with increasing financial backing from both domestic and foreign institutional investors. Student accommodation also forms a small, but significant proportion of highrise building development with a number of schemes currently in planning.
Tony Brooks, Managing Director at Moda, said: “While times are tough for everyone at this time, we believe Birmingham’s future beyond this is bright and accordingly we have submitted our plans for the Great Charles Street development. “Despite the current uncertainty and the challenges facing us all, we remain absolutely committed to Birmingham. “We believe this submission puts the interests of the city and people of Birmingham first. The site, currently a car park, will be an exciting new neighbourhood in the prosperity of the city. “The local authority has been fantastic in helping to guide us on our journey and we look forward to continuing to invest in the city when the present situation improves.”
INDUSTRY NEWS Buildings M Tall Canary Wharf Group to Submit Plans for Next High Rises Canary Wharf Group is drawing up plans for up to eight new buildings at its North Quay site next to the new landmark Crossrail station in London Docklands. It will submit outline plans soon for construction of a mixed-use, high-rise scheme with at last one of the buildings rising to 225m or 68 floors in height. This would be the next stage of development to be brought forward on the main Wharf site. At this stage, the developer expects a 30/70 ratio split of residential to commercial, although it wants to have the flexibility to respond to changes in the market over the next five to ten years. Allies and Morrison has drawn up plans for the 3 acres North Quay site, located to the north of the recently constructed Crossrail Station, on the northern side of the North Dock and to the south of Aspen Way. Through the development of North Quay, Canary Wharf Group aims to deliver: • A flexible mixed use development that brings the north part of the Canary Wharf estate to life • A range of offices, workspaces, homes and retail spaces to meet the needs of a changing workforce • Improved connectivity between Poplar, Canary Wharf and the Crossrail Station • New public spaces and access to the dock side.
'Jenga Tower' Reaches Construction Milestone in London
London's new DAMAC Tower has made significant progress with a key installation. The 'Jenga Tower', named due to its unique overhanging structures and distinctive stepped design, has seen a sky bridge installed to join its north and south towers. Linked at their 18th and 24th floors, the buildings are being developed by Nine Elms Property Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of DAMAC International and constructed by Multiplex. The 50-storey luxury development also forms part of the GLA's Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea (VNEB) Opportunity Area Planning Framework, a multi-billionpound regeneration scheme in partnership with the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Wandsworth, the LDA, TfL and English Heritage. It will provide 450 new homes in total. The North Tower features interiors by Versace Home and provides 360 residential units. The apartments will offer winter gardens with panoramic views of the city. The sky bridge will contain four storeys of office space, amenity space at the 23rd floor and an extensive roof garden to complete the South Tower at the 24th floor. Completed in 16 weeks, the works were overseen by Multiplex as the principal contractor for DAMAC Tower Nine Elms. Design engineering for the sky bridge was
delivered by WSP in conjunction with BG&E and the project architects KPF, with installation undertaken by Bourne Engineering and Byrne Brothers. Paul Serkis, Project Director at Multiplex, said: ‘Successfully joining these two structural concrete frames with steel was an immense feat of engineering that combined many talents and an extraordinary effort from the project team. Making events like this happen safely and on time requires a continual focus on precision and collaboration.’ Andrew Pratt, Project Manager at WSP, added: ‘DAMAC Tower is an engineering triumph that uses every trick in the WSP book to achieve daring cantilevers in tight structural zones and maximising views to the Square Mile. The success of this project relied on early engagement with all teams involved as well as highly detailed 3D models which were essential to predicting future coordination issues and ensuring the final smooth delivery of the job.’ Following the bridge installation, the DAMAC Tower project will move towards the fit-out of the amenity area on the top floor of the link bridge. Image Courtesy: Multiplex
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Mace Takes Jump Factory System to Next Level
The Clothworkers’ Company submits planning for 50 Fenchurch Street
Mace is rolling out its next-generation construction method to transform the building of high-rise flats. Mace has worked with Australian firm, Hickory, to adapt its building system for the UK. The new building system developed with an Australian firm will be used on its twin-tower East Village residential project in Stratford. The system, which is an evolution of the thinking behind Mace’s award-winning ‘Jump Factory’ used at the Olympic Park, combines the latest advances in digital technology with a new offsite manufacturing approach to construct buildings faster, safer and to a consistently higher quality. The launch of the new High Rise Solutions (HRS) system comes as Mace officially unveiled its new business unit, Mace Tech, to manage the deployment and delivery of advanced offsite sub-assembly construction methods. The Clothworkers’ Company has submitted proposals for 50 Fenchurch Street, a new City of London development designed by Eric Parry Architects. The proposal for the new scheme includes a new office building, replacement Livery Hall for The Clothworkers’ Company, public roof garden and winter garden and a significant new public realm situated around a restored Grade I church tower. 50 Fenchurch Street is at the forefront of the City of London’s drive for improved urban greening and enhanced public realm. The development will provide over 3,000 sq m of new public space, with a generous new public realm of approximately 1,500 sq m area at ground level. At Level 10 there is a 360 degree public viewing experience, allowing visitors to arrive at a large terrace with spectacular vistas over London. Level 10 also provides a double-height winter garden, which the public can access throughout the year. 50 Fenchurch Street will be the first building of this scale to incorporate extensive vertical landscaping in the City of London. The proposed scheme will improve two listed buildings. The Grade I listed Tower of All Hallows Staining will be set within a new street level public realm. The Grade II Lambe’s Chapel Crypt will become publicly accessible. The new office building will provide 62,000 sq m of office accommodation (net) over 36 storeys. The innovative external design significantly enhances the environmental performance of the façade. The façade includes bespoke ceramic cladding at ground, a seamless glazed podium level and a crafted glass detail on the upper levels. This when combined with the vertical landscaping creates a unique building for the City skyline.
A new Clothworkers’ Hall will be located largely beneath the new proposed public realm. This will be the seventh Livery Hall for The Clothworkers’ Company, which has called the site home for nearly 500 years. Eric Parry of Eric Parry Architects has commented “The design journey of this urban proposition has been one of the most remarkable alignments between commerce, culture and the public realm that I have experienced”. The Clothworkers’ Company was founded in 1528 to promote the craft of cloth finishing in the City of London. For nearly 500 years, philanthropy has been woven into the fabric of The Company’s core purpose. The Clothworkers’ Foundation was established in 1977 to be the primary vehicle of charitable giving for The Clothworkers’ Company. Since then, it has awarded capital grants of more than £135 million. Today, its primary aim is to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage, deprivation and / or discrimination. Clerk of The Clothworkers’ Company, Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar, has said: “We are excited about this bold proposal, and particularly about the evolution of Clothworkers’ Hall. The project is part of our strategy for investing in the future of The Company and The Foundation here in the City of London, and offers us an opportunity to maximise our assets and increase our charitable impact.”
Shaun Tate, business unit director of Mace Tech, said: ‘HRS is more than just a new offsite construction method – it is a new digital approach to how we assemble and construct buildings. We interrogated the entire production to delivery cycle, taking inspiration from the auto industry with its integrated production and assembly line, looking at how we can develop smarter and more efficient offsite assembly methods to drive better outcomes.’ Mace hopes its assembly system will reduce design and construction programmes by 25%, vehicle movements by 40% and waste by 70%. Using parametric modelling tools and artificial intelligence, HRS draws from a catalogue of components to design and manufacture the structure and façade sub-assemblies offsite. Mace aims to convert site activities to an assembly process by installing modules concurrently with bathroom pods, utility cupboards and MEP service modules, to slash programme times and improve productivity up to six times. The HRS system is now being used to construct N06, a 524-home build to rent scheme in East Village, which involves two towers of 26 and 31 stories. Mace hopes to shorten the construction programme by 18 weeks with 20% less workers onsite compared to a traditional building approach.
INDUSTRY NEWS Buildings M Tall 5 Skyscrapers Coming To The London Skyline Soon
London keeps on growing upwards. But what new skyscrapers can we look forward to-or dread - in the near future? When completed in 2003, the Gherkin was London's third-tallest building. Today it is the 17th, and barely visible from many angles. The skyline continues to evolve, with new structures like 22 Bishopsgate, the Scalpel (see profile on page 26) and a raft of new towers at Canary Wharf (See The Madison profile on page 18). But what can we expect to see in the next few years? Here we look at five planned skyscrapers that will soon by gracing/ruining views across central London. Heights below are in metres - for comparison the Gherkin is 180 metres while the Shard is 310 metres. 1 Undershaft (290 metres) This lofty monolith should become the Square Mile's tallest building, slightly edging it over the recently completed 22 Bishopsgate (which you can just see, cowering behind 1 Undershaft in the image). The office scheme, designed by Eric Parry, will first require demolition of the 118m St Helen's building â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which would become the tallest tower ever taken down in London. The scheme recently won formal consent, and work on the demolition should begin in about a year, when leases in the current building expire. 6-8 Bishopsgate (203 metres) Work has already begun on this peculiar, teetering pile of boxes. The office-led development stands on the corner of Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street and is designed by Wilkinson Eyre. It should be complete in late 2022. A public viewing gallery will crown the building. The development also includes a new building at 150 Leadenhall Street and will stand opposite another new 'scraper at 1 Leadenhall Street. 100 Leadenhall Street (249 metres) Perhaps the funkiest design in our roll call, 100 Leadenhall Street is yet another sloping tower beside the Cheesegrater and Scalpel. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), construction is expected to be complete by 2026. Bankside Yards (163 metres) The recently completed One Blackfriars (AKA 'The Boomerang' â&#x20AC;&#x201C; see profile on page 20) is about to get some company. Work has begun on a set of residential towers at the southern end of Blackfriars Bridge, designed by PLP Architecture. The mixed-use development is to be known as Bankside Yards (names for the individual towers have yet to be confirmed). The cluster will perch over a series of yards and public spaces, with retail and cafes in reclaimed rail arches. 18 Blackfriars (136 metres) Close by, and still taller, would be 18 Blackfriars, another tower by Wilkinson Eyre architects. This residential scheme has something of the Jenga about it. The scheme includes a smaller office tower (the second tallest structure in the image), as well as further blocks for 'affordable' housing and leisure/retail. A new public square is also part of the plans, which are revised from a previous submission. This article considers only towers in central London and is not comprehensive. Other large buildings are planned or under construction in Croydon, Canary Wharf, Wood Wharf, Vauxhall/Nine Elms and Old Kent Road, to name a few.
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INDUSTRY NEWS Buildings M Tall Laing O’Rourke to build Gary Neville’s £200m tower scheme
Footballer turned property tycoon Gary Neville has named Laing O’Rourke as construction partner for his £200m St Michael’s hotel, flats and office scheme in Manchester.
with a large outdoor rooftop terrace. Office building forms part of the podium for the main tower and includes an outdoor rooftop terrace.
Design refinements for the scheme have been submitted to Manchester City Council, with the aim of starting construction in the late summer. Located in Deansgate, the St Michael’s scheme will consist of a landmark 40-storey tower and stepped extended podium building, designed by architect Hodder and Partners.
The next stage of the detailed design process has been completed by the team with Laing O’Rourke an integral part of this, supporting the design, quality, form and function set out in the planning consent.
The top of the tower will house a single penthouse split over two levels with terrace at each end. The main tower will boast a five-star 191-bedroom hotel and 181 luxury apartments. There will also be 160,000 sq ft of offices in a 9-storey stepped building forming part of the podium to the east of the main tower. This will include rooftop bars
Céire O’Rourke, Laing O’Rourke Director, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed by St Michael’s Partnership to deliver what will become a landmark development in Manchester’s city centre. “We will be using modern methods of construction with a high percentage of the development being manufactured off-site and assembled on site. “These methods, known as Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) minimise disruption,
vital in such a tightly constrained site and give the client more certainty in terms of the programme timetable.” Gary Neville, on behalf of the St Michael’s Partnership said: “We’re delighted to officially announce Laing O’Rourke as construction partner on St Michael’s. “The level of input given by them and the team really puts us in a good position to progress swiftly with the final stage of design early in 2020.” St Michael’s is set to contribute nearly £33m to public sector finances through the business rates generated by the high-quality office, leisure and commercial space. It is estimated that St Michael’s will sustain 500 jobs during the construction period.
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labour costs. Allied to this offsite manufacture can reduce the demand for wet trades on site, improve delivery logistics and maximise the crane efficiency. Safety on site is critically important and DELTABEAM® can designed with fixing for either edge protection barriers or full screens. Add to this to the reduced number props/falsework so reducing potential hazards around handling and trips/falls as you have a clear workspace on the floor below. Environmental issues also need to be considered, so Peikko have introduced a new product called DELTABEAM® GREEN which is made from 90% recycled material and when combined with say a CLT type deck can significantly reduce the CO2 impact on the atmosphere.
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THE MADISON CANARY WHARF Rising to 187 metres, The Madison â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a slender hexagonal glass clad tower, is a 53 storey landmark residential tall building located in E14 adjacent to Canary Wharf. This expansive collection of 423 residences comprises a blend of 319 high specification studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses, plus 104 affordable homes together with commercial space and a new public park at ground floor level.
Residents at The Madison will benefit from a beautifully appointed private lounge, gym, screening room and top of the range business facilities on the 16th floor, collectively known as the Highline Club. All of these facilities will front on to three external terraces with 180-degree outstanding views of Canary Wharf, the City of London and beyond. The driving aim for The Madison is to provide incoming and existing residents better access to open space in this rapidly developing part of London. The design is inspired by the fluidity of the surrounding docklands. The 53 storeys of elegant residential accommodation are animated by a fin-clad facade that creates a rippling effect and anchored with an angled peak and slender silhouette. A dramatic cut through the building creates an amenities floor as well as a contextual divide. The taller upper section references the towers of neighbouring Canary Wharf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the lower section, the low-rise docklands. The slender form of the glass tower enables 70% of the overall site to be dedicated to a new public realm, including over half an acre of thriving
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biodiverse public gardens with extensive planting and seating areas, all situated on the quieter side of the docks that will offer a peaceful escape. So, this site will not just be a home for hundreds of Londoners; it will be a space for everyone. And it will dramatically improve access to the waterside and Canary Wharf beyond. Project architect from Make, Simon Robins said: ‘This slender and elegant tower will be a striking addition to the skyline in this fast-growing part of London, while at ground level, the design enables us to generate muchneeded public space.’
PROJECT TEAM Client: ED Group and Xinyuan Real Estate Architect: Make Architects Engineer: WSP Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty Frame Contractor: AJ Morrisroe
The luxurious interior design at The Madison can be found in all areas of the building – from the impressive double-height entrance to the detailing of the kitchens in the apartments themselves. The thoughtful layout of each home maximises floor space to create generous, light-filled rooms with expansive views over London, with many apartments also benefiting from balconies, winter gardens and external terraces. The surrounding area is also undergoing widespread transformation including shops, bars, cafes and restaurants.
Hear more about: DfMA at The Madison, Canary Wharf from Paul Smith, Project Director & Jeremy
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ONE BLACKFRIARS SOUTH BANK, LONDON This iconic mixed-use scheme in London features a residential tower, along with a hotel, leisure facilities, restaurants and shops across two smaller buildings, all centred around a new public plaza. The 170m tower rises to 50 storeys, making it one of the tallest residential buildings in Europe. Its shimmering facade transforms the London's skyline.
Located at the heart of London’s South Bank, One Blackfriars creates a gateway to the historic borough of Southwark. Designed to maximise reflection and light, each of its 274 homes has sweeping views of the capital. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring daylight in and create a sense of openness and connection with the outside. Underneath the building is a three-floor basement the size of six Olympic swimming pools, which will house the spa, gym, cinema, golf simulator and winery. Designed by British architect Ian Simpson of SimpsonHaugh and Partners, One Blackfriars was inspired by a piece of art – a Scandinavian glass vessel from the architect’s private collection. It has been his passion to deliver this architectural vision without compromise. The project has absorbed 15 years of Simpson’s life. He had to make serious changes to the design including lowering the building and changing all proportions, when English Heritage pointed out that it blocked the view of St Paul’s from a heritage bridge in St James’s Park. The new skyscraper creates a previously unseen perspective of the capital, providing a unique vantage point over the Houses of Parliament, the City, Canary Wharf and across
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south London. The tower’s distinctive form is emphasised by its double skin facade. The curved outer skin gives it a smooth and dynamic appearance, and is made up of 5,476 glass panels, most of which were bent into shape as they were installed. The inner facade’s coloured panels help animate the building, varying from earthy colours at bottom levels to silvery shades at the top. Connecting the two facades are winter gardens, accessible enclosed balconies, which provide residents with extended living areas. The lifts have a speed of circa 4 metres per second and on a clear day you will be able to see 28 miles from the top – as far as Brentwood, in Essex. On the 32nd floor will be a viewing lounge for the local community and businesses. The design and decor of the apartments draw on the culture of the area, particularly neighbouring South Bank and its art galleries. There are two more buildings on site: the podium houses shops, restaurants and resident leisure facilities, including a swimming pool, spa, gym and cinema, while the other is the 161-bedroom Bankside Hotel. All three buildings encircle a public plaza at ground level allowing everyone to experience this special and vibrant place. PROJECT TEAM Client: St George Architect: SimpsonHaugh Main Contractor: Multiplex Structural Engineer: WSP Building Services Engineer: Hoare Lea
To hear the full details of how this project was delivered, Ian Simpson Founding Partner of SimpsonHaugh will be presenting a project profile at the Tall Buildings Conference in London on 15 September 2020. To book your place go to: www.tallbuildingsconference.co.uk
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100 BROAD STREET BIRMINGHAM Designed by Birmingham based Glancy Nicholls Architects, 100 Broad Street is set to be one of the tallest buildings outside London. The scheme has recently been approved by Birmingham City Council with design officers commending the project for being an ‘architectural statement building which will positively contribute to the skyline on a strategically prominent site within the city centre.’
The 100 Broad Street development, located on the south-west edge of the city centre, will replace a disused office building in a low-rise district but, at 193m, it will eventually be the tallest point in an emerging high-rise cluster. The scheme comprises 503 highend luxury apartments with unique panoramic views, a host of first-class residential amenity space, combined with commercial ground floor uses contributing positively to the evolving Broad Street offer. Located within the building’s glazed crown will be the highest altitude dining experience found in the UK outside of the capital, with a sky lounge and fine dining restaurant occupying levels 59 and 60, which will be open to the public. The mix of units will see 224 one-bedroom and 279 two-bedroom apartments, with all units available for sale on the open market, with accommodation sizes varying from 55.6m2 to 80.8m2. In the design and access statement, Glancy Nicholls said the development, for Euro Property Investments, had an ‘opportunity to create a vibrant residential community’ in the area and would add an icon to Birmingham’s skyline.
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Director Adam McPartland said they had sliced the mass in half and slid the two sides slightly to create a slimmer profile, while the positioning of the tower and pavilion ‘gives activation to Broad Street and sensitive enclosure to the adjacent housing.’ ‘Splaying the gable end of the taller block achieves a dramatic bladelike edge responding to the key site corners,’ he said. ‘Uninterrupted vertical fins on the glazing conclude at the slender minimalist cap, giving greater emphasis to the verticality and depth of the fully glazed facade.’ The scheme will result in not only a very elegant architectural form but also a structurally iconic building. The unique proportions of the building mean that it classifies as a ‘superslender’ skyscraper. 100 Broad Street will be the pinnacle high-rise in the emerging cluster of tall buildings. The project is currently in preconstruction assessment with a start on site to be confirmed in due course.
PROJECT TEAM Client: Euro Property Investments Architect: Glancy Nicholls Architects (GNA) Structural Engineer: Arup M&E: CPW
To hear details of how this project will be delivered, Adam McPartland Director of Glancy Nicholls will be presenting a project profile at the Tall Buildings Conference in London on 15 September 2020. To book your place go to: www.tallbuildingsconference.co.uk
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THE SCALPEL THE CITY OF LONDON 52 Lime Street is a 190 metre tall mixed-use building in the City of London located at the epicentre of the global insurance business. Dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Scalpelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, it is sleek and geometrical with a series of intersecting reflective planes giving it a distinct identity.
W.R. Berkley developed 52 Lime Street as a location for their UK Headquarters as well as providing lettable commercial office spaces for additional tenants. Their main objectives were to maximise the lettable space on this key site through creating large uninterrupted floors providing an efficient and collaborative working environment together with delivering exemplary sustainability and building performance metrics that exceed British Council for Offices (BCO) standards.
Arup designed all structural and MEP systems and provided fire engineering, facade consultancy, transport planning, acoustics and ICT advice and many other disciplines, collaborating with architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, WR Berkley, and builders, Skanska. A special aspect of The Scalpel is hidden in its lateral stability system. Early analysis of the inclined north facade columns showed that they had potential to generate horizontal
thrust which could lead to cracking in the northern face of the core. Rather than increasing the wall thickness, the team prestressed the northern face of the core to keep it in compression. This saved costs and carbon as well as reducing the core wall thickness releasing an additional 5,000ft2 of lettable area. Wind tunnel tests demonstrated that the interaction between the angular building shape and the prevailing wind would generate uncomfortable lateral
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accelerations in windstorms. Seven viscous damper units are built into the system to absorb the energy of motion. This innovative design solution negated the need for a conventional tuned mass damper, and cost around one tenth of a traditional method. Computational design processes aided every design element to its minimum size. All sizes dimensions and connection forces were communicated to the fabricator in BIM format. The process of building modelling, connection design and fabrication were all controlled digitally. The steel frame became effectively a product of digital manufacturing and they were able to reduce the steel tonnage by 700 tonnes, reducing costs and saving 1,200 tonnes of embodied CO2 emissions.
PROJECT TEAM Client: WRBC Development UK Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates Structural and MEP system design: Arup Contractor: Skanska UK
Hear more about: The Scalpel and Tall buildings in 2050: Making Zero Carbon Development a Reality from Steve McKechnie, Director - Arup
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2020 TALL BUILDINGS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED! Tall buildings present unique challenges in terms of design and construction. The Tall Buildings Awards are a celebration of the engineering feats that are creating a legacy of iconic superstructures that are transforming the UK's built environment. The awards will showcase those who are shaping our cities skylines using unique engineering solutions. With such high-quality entries full of outstanding, pioneering projects, products and people, the Tall Buildings Awards judging panel have been challenged with shortlisting these exemplary entries into each category.
Those who are shaping our city skylines will congregate at 99 City Road, London, for the newly launched and highly anticipated Tall Buildings Awards, where the awards will be presented to the winners at an informal awards ceremony following on from the Tall Buildings Conference on 15 September. This is an event not to be missed and promises to be an enjoyable early evening of celebrations and a high-profile networking opportunity. Tickets are just ÂŁ75 + VAT and can be booked online: www.tallbuildingsawards.co.uk
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01 Alumno Developments: Aspire Point
02 Canary Wharf Contractors: One Bank Street
03 Greystar & Henderson Park: 101 George Street
04 Pocket Living: Mapleton Cresecent 05 Rocket Properties: The Atlas Building
BEST MIXED USE OR COMMERCIAL TALL BUILDING PROJECT
SHORTLIST Best Mixed-Use or Commercial Tall Building Project 01
01 Arup (Ove Arup & Partners): 52 Lime Street
02 EOS Framing: River Street Tower
04 Peter Dann Consulting Engineers: Wood Wharf B2
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Best Tall Building Contractor 01
01 Balfour Beatty: The Madison
02 Canary Wharf Contractors: One Bank Street
03 Mace: Victoria Plaza 04 Skanska: 52 Lime Street
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01 Arup (Ove Arup & Partners): One Bank Street
02 Design2e: Left Bank
04 Peter Dann Consulting Engineers: Wood Wharf B2
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SHORTLIST Best Tall Building Façade Engineering Project 01 02
01 Hodder+Partners: Duncan House
02 K Systems – Kilwaughter Minerals: YMCA 03 Metropolitan Workshop: Mapleton Crescent
04 Reynaers Aluminium: Croydon Project 05 SPSenvirowall: Cavity System 1 & Telereal
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01 Mace & Ambar Kelly: One Crown Place
02 One Creative Environments: Virtual Mockup
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01 Arup (Ove Arup & Partners): Victoria Plaza 02 Cundall: Aspire Point 03 Design Delivery Unit: The Atlas Building 04 Hodder+Partners: Duncan House 05 K Systems – Kilwaughter Minerals: Albion Towers 06 Maccreanor Lavington: The Tower, Blackfriars Circus 07 Metropolitan Workshop: Mapleton Crescent 08 SimpsonHaugh: One Blackfriars 09 The Madison Team: The Madison 10 Tide Construction & Vision Modular Systems: 101 George Street
BEST TALL BUILDING RETROFIT OR REFURBISHED PROJECT SHORTLIST Best Tall Building Retrofit or Refurbished Project 01
01 Global HSE Solutions: Liberty Quays Refurbishment
02 K Systems – Kilwaughter Minerals: Fitzwarren Court
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