Westfields, Completion of a £43M Retail Development

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Size – or rather scale – really does seem to matter over at the Westfield Stratford City development. Since may, Brian Wakefield and his team have been working on, amongst other things, the installation of some 1,300 pile caps and over 5,000 bolts as Part of P.C.Harrington contractors’ £43m contract for this major new retail

Development in East London! Our 77-week contract also includes groundworks, drainage, ground slabs and the construction of a total of 33 cores – not to mention a service tunnel. To meet the programme, there is potential for six cores to be underway on site at any one time. Construction is being sequenced in an unusual way too – structural steelwork will be erected prior to the construction of the ground floor slab and drainage. Part of the project includes a ‘future proof’ basement – where pile caps have been installed for possible enhanced or changed use in the future.

Eleven PCH work fronts
Currently, there are eleven PCH work fronts open across the whole site, with production of pile caps, drainage and cores progressing simultaneously. So far, eleven cores have been constructed or are under construction by Slipform International. Meanwhile, HTC could have up to seven tower cranes and a number of hoists on site at the height of activity. The site is close to the Olympic Park and, because of live railway lines running across the site, there is considerable interface with Network Rail. The new Stratford International and Stratford Under groundstations are nearby – and theWoolwich line, enclosed in a concrete box, also passes through the site.

Environmental issues are high on the agenda due to the nature of the Olympic Park and, as such, procedures are being closely monitored by both PCH and the client’s environmental consultant. Due to open in 2011,Westfield’s city centre development will offer a blend of retail, dining, leisure and entertainment facilities, along with offices, hotels and residential apartments. Needless to say,when he closes his eyes at night, Brian is now counting bolts rather than sheep!

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