reach­ing con­struc­tion a mile­stone

New­found­land tops out as work to clad and fit out the 60-storey struc­ture con­tin­ues

The Wharf - - Property - Go to­nary­ for more in­for­ma­tion Florence Der­rick

On a clear day you can see the Wem­b­ley Sta­dium arch, Wind­sor Cas­tle and even the Heathrow run­ways,” said Ca­nary Wharf Con­trac­tors di­rec­tor Alec Vallintine.

“You can watch the planes land­ing and tak­ing off.”

We’re sur­vey­ing the Lon­don sky­line from 60 floors up on the roof of New­found­land – Ca­nary Wharf’s mid-con­struc­tion sky­scraper op­po­site the Tube sta­tion’s main exit. Alec has just over­seen the top­ping out cer­e­mony.

When com­plete – in spring 2020 – the tower will stand 220 me­tres high as the UK’s sixth tallest build­ing, se­cond only to One Canada Square on the es­tate and its high­est res­i­den­tial-only tower block.

By com­par­i­son, One Park Drive by Her­zog And De Meu­ron at Wood Wharf, will rise to 215m.

In­side New­found­land, stu­dio, one, two and three-bed­room apart­ments are be­ing built into storeys three to 58, rang­ing in size from 429sq ft to 1,819sq ft.

Alec said the de­sign was “a to­tal headache to build,” as un­like most res­i­den­tial tower blocks each floor’s de­sign var­ied thanks to the build­ing’s di­ag­o­nal grid struc­ture – the dis­tinc­tive, di­a­mond-shaped steel beams that frame the build­ing’s ex­te­rior – de­signed by May­fair-based ar­chi­tects Hor­den Cherry Lee.

Work on the struc­ture be­gan in 2014 and it took two years to di­vert util­i­ties such as tele­coms, power, gas, wa­ter and sew­ers so the foun­da­tions could be laid by Bal­four Beatty Ground En­gi­neer­ing.

“Halfway through that process we started pil­ing, and in au­tumn 2015 we put in over 300 piles,” said Alec.

“Some of them went in at 60m – they’re some of the deep­est piles ever in­stalled in Ca­nary Wharf and in­deed across Lon­don.

“It’s an ex­tremely tall and nar­row build­ing with a lot of pres­sure from the wind blow­ing, so it needed some pretty hefty foun­da­tions.”

The equiv­a­lent of seven Olympic­sized swim­ming pools (more than 18,000 cu­bic me­tres of spoil) was ex­ca­vated to form the base­ment, and over 14,000sq m of pre-cast con­crete plank and 9,500 tonnes of struc­tural steel­work have been erected.

The Ju­bilee line goes in be­tween the piles be­neath the struc­ture.

“The di­a­grid trans­fers the weight ei­ther side and around the tun­nels,” said Alec as he ex­plained how the build­ing’s col­umns, which each weigh up to 22 tonnes, car­ried the build­ing’s weight while pro­tect­ing the Tube.

The nar­row sky­scraper is one of the first build-to-rent schemes avail­able in Ca­nary Wharf and at present en­joys un­ob­structed panoramic views of the City and the sur­round­ing es­tate.

Each of the to­tal 636 apart­ments will come fully fur­nished by Ver­tus.

“To get an idea of the lo­gis­tics, we have 886 bed­rooms, 1,015 bath­rooms with 382 baths, 738 show­ers and 1,015 sinks and toi­lets,” said Alec. “That’s an aw­ful lot of ar­tic­u­lated lor­ries full of toi­let pans.”

Res­i­dents will be able to make use of a ter­race gar­den, chil­dren’s play area, gym and level-two lounge. The M Restau­rants group is also set to open a new flag­ship restau­rant on level one, which will be open to the pub­lic.

Alas­tair Mul­lens, head of Ver­tus, said it was too early to com­ment on rental prices al­though they were ex­pected to be com­pa­ra­ble to sim­i­lar flats on the Isle Of Dogs.

Te­nan­cies will be avail­able to be­gin in July 2020.

It’s an ex­tremely tall and nar­row build­ing with a lot of pres­sure from the wind blow­ing, so it needed some pretty hefty foun­da­tions Alec Vallintine, Ca­nary Wharf Con­trac­tors

Even on a cloudy day, the views over the City from New­found­land are pretty spec­tac­u­lar

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