Jim Ward, Construction Director for BAM explained how a range of modern approaches are being deployed to create the complex suite of new buildings.
“Not only are the facilities going to be ultra-modern and sustainable, but so are the techniques we are using to create the building.
“We have maximised using digital tools to fabricate off-site servicer risers, modules and package roof plant rooms. This is a major benefit in a restricted city centre site for better quality and reducing waste.
“Our challenges here include incorporating the existing 1847 grade A-listed façade into the overall design. Digital technology was used to create a full point cloud survey capturing the detailed position of the facade and VR technology used to develop the faced retention system. Due to the age and condition of the existing façade, a vibration monitoring system was installed with sensors applied to it and optical prisms measuring for movement.
“Constructing the basement adjacent to the façade was delivered by using silent piling techniques to push 400 sheet piles 10m into the ground, reducing vibration risk and minimising noise.”
Complying with pandemic restrictions brought works to a halt for three months. But Jim and his team adapted successfully.
“It’s been remarkable to witness how our team and our supply chain have overcome this challenge by developing new ways of working to address the social distancing requirements. We currently have just under 300 operatives on site fully complying with Covid 19 safe operating procedures, which is a great credit to them”.
The building’s 96,650 sq ft of Grade A accommodation which will be ready for occupation in spring 2021 is currently being marketed by JLL, CBRE and Ryden.
The scheme is designed by Cooper Cromer and BAM Design and built by BAM Construction, and is a joint venture development by BAM Properties and Taylor Clark, with forward funding of the HMRC building provided by Legal & General on behalf of Legal & General Retirement.
Not only are the facilities going to be ultra-modern and sustainable,
but so are the techniques we are using to create the building." Jim Ward, Construction Director, BAM