Landmark central London entertainment venue completed
Work has been completed on the Outernet London project, a new immersive entertainment venue, set to help reinvigorate London’s iconic Denmark Street music scene.
The development is said to have the world’s largest high-resolution wrap-around screens with a live events space for up to 2,000 people. It also boasts retail, office and residential space across four new buildings and a number of refurbished existing buildings.
Main contractor Skanska said from the beginning of the project its team tackled some significant challenges; from the close proximity of the building’s foundations to the Eastbound Crossrail tunnel and Tottenham Court Road Underground Station and Northern Line, to safe shutdown and reopening of the site to quickly put COVID-19 measures in place.
The biggest challenge was constructing the roof of the auditorium within the basement of a central London site. Skanska worked closely with steelwork contractor Severfield to lift the 400t steel and concrete roof into its final position, using a series of 75t jacks.
Skanska Project Director Paul Roberts commented: “Everybody that has worked on and been involved in delivering this demanding project should be extremely proud of themselves.
“This is the most technically challenging project I have worked on and it demonstrates that our supply chain is integral to delivering outstanding projects like this one: if we hadn’t been able to work together seamlessly to find innovative solutions to some of the challenges we faced, we wouldn’t be able to deliver such high standards for our customer.”