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Photos | Canary Wharf Contractors' progress on London’s tallest BTR tower

31 October 2018

The highest beam on the tower is installed

The tallest build-to-rent tower in London, which is being constructed by Canary Wharf Contractors, has topped out at its full height of 220m.

The 60-storey Newfoundland tower comprises 636 private rented apartments and has been designed by architects Horden Cherry Lee.

At 60 storeys, the building is the tallest build-to-rent tower in London

Since construction began in 2015 over 300 piles have been installed, with a number reaching 60 metres deep, some of the deepest ever installed at Canary Wharf.

Meanwhile, over 18,000 cubic metres of spoil, the equivalent of seven Olympic swimming pools, was excavated to create the basement. To reach its full height, over 14,000 square metres of pre-cast concrete plank and 9,500 tonnes of structural steelwork have been erected.

Flags displayed during the topping out ceremony represented European involvement on the project. The Dutch and Belgian flags represented the work of steel contractor Victor Buyck Hollandia, while Lion of Flanders flag on the far left reflected the fact that the heart of Belgian and Dutch steel manufacturing is based in the Flanders lowlands area that sits across both countries. Meanwhile, the Union flag represented Canary Wharf Contractors and Expanded.

Flags displaying European co-operation on the project

Apartments in the transparent, ‘diamond’ structure building range from 429 sq ft to 1,819 sq ft providing studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom accommodation. They will be available fully furnished through Vertus, a build-to-rent operator that is part of the Canary Wharf Group.

Onsite facilities include a private dining room, residents’ lounge, gym, virtual fitness studios, children’s play area and terrace garden.

Some piles for the building reached 60m deep

On the first floor of the 60-storey building will be a 10,000 sq ft M Restaurant and Grill.

Alastair Mullens, head of Vertus, said: “To reach topping out of the building is a significant milestone in the construction process. Set to fully complete at the beginning of 2020, it’s fantastic to see the building taking shape and cement its place amongst some of the most iconic buildings in London."

Comments

Those of us who are in favour of independence aren't opposed to European cooperation. We are opposed to a European superstate, because government at any level above the nation state is irredeemably undemocratic because democracy can't exist without a demos, a people.

If British businesses and the British government had consistently focused on training British workers instead of leaving a large slice of the working class to rot on welfare while turning to the easy option of importing ready-trained foreigners, there wouldn't be a labour problem associated with regaining our sovereignty.

Philip Arlington, 2 November 2018

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