Almost halfway there!
The first phase of development works at Royal Albert Docks is already 45% complete, with the final completion date set for March 2019. This first phase of development sitting on 8 acres, will deliver approximately 635,000 sq ft GIA of commercial office space in two general design typologies, with accompanying retail space and a high quality urban realm.
The principal contractor CITIC Construction and principal sub-contractor Multiplex Construction Europe have utilised a number of off-site fabrication methods to ensure the on-site construction sequencing and works progress as quickly as possible. We have developed a strong relationship with a number of key trade contractors such as the piling works, groundworks, concrete framing and pre-cast concrete façade panel specialists, which we hope to maintain and utilise going forwards into Phase 2.
Following an extensive unexploded ordnance survey by BacTec across the first phase, the Continuous Flight Auger piling was completed with minimal obstructions found. This permitted the groundworks and superstructure to progress without a hitch. The pre-cast concrete panels then arrived following an early manufacturing sequence, and with the use of eight mobile cranes are being installed including barge cranes located in the dock, with completion set for this summer. Tower cranes cannot be adopted at Royal Albert Dock due to the proximity of London City Airport and its restricted exclusion zone, so careful planning and logistic support has been a key and positive element that Multiplex have overseen, via their supply chain.
The first fix mechanical installation is also well underway throughout all 21 buildings on site. Fan coil units, pipework, ductwork and cable trays are evident throughout, and the recent commencement of the lift installation also means that externally mounted goods hoists will soon be removed, allowing the external facades to be completed. Progress also continues to the Temporary Energy Centre, which will soon be weathertight, allowing the installation and commissioning of plant and equipment necessary for the centralised heating and cooling provision to the new offices. The nearby Estate Management and Cycle Facility will soon be delivered and installed, to manage all site-wide functions as soon as the new offices become occupied.