Built in 1904 the iconic river side site has remained unused since its decommissioning in 2002. Developers will soon begin building 706 homes on the 8-acre site including two towers, one of which will be 37 storeys high.
The steelwork will comprise three core towers along the length of the interior of the building, each tower will have multiple ‘branches’ at four levels reaching out to support ring beams fixed to the interior walls.
The project is said to be challenging due to the scale of the existing building and the legacy of basements and pits in the internal floor.
The 100-year old steelwork from the original build needs to be negotiated as the new supporting steel is erected; as a result crane and access equipment has been tailored to suit these limiting conditions.
Adey Steel Operations Director Ross Brown commented: “This is a landmark project for us, to be involved in one of the largest façade retention schemes in London to date is testament to our business. We have been working hard with our client studying the design solutions for the project ensuring best value and buildability and we now look forward to the project getting under way.”