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Old June 9th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #561
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What is the other major project in London Skanska are building, I've forgotten. Was it The place?
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Old June 11th, 2011, 06:18 AM   #562
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Two firms vie for £340m Cheesegrater tower

Laing O’Rourke and Skanska have been shortlisted to construct the £340m Cheesegrater tower in London. The decision by joint developers British Land and Oxford Properties knocks Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine out of the running for the prestigious skyscraper job.

6.4 million ft2 of space is being built in london compared with 2.7 million ft2 six months ago. It is understood a final decision on the design and build contractor will be made by the first week of August. The 47-storey Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners-designed tapering tower is one of the most high profile office developments among a raft of schemes looking to capitalise on the resurgent London commercial sector.

Once completed, it will be one of the tallest buildings in the Square Mile and will provide 610,000ft2 of office space, as well as retail and leisure facilities. The developers aim to complete construction by the second quarter of 2014. Basement works began in January, managed by Bovis Lend Lease.

Lend Lease, which had been in line for the main contractor role before the project was shelved in 2007, was knocked out of the re-run contest earlier this year. Balfour Beatty also missed out on the shortlist.

Last month British Land confirmed its first tenant for the scheme, after US-based insurance firm, Aon, signed up to occupy the first 10 floors of the building. A Deloitte survey last month confirmed the buoyant picture for the London commercial sector, with office construction up 137% in six months. It found 6.4 million ft2 of space is being built compared with 2.7 million ft2 six months ago.

British Land signed a 50:50 joint venture with Canadian property investors Oxford Properties in October last year to revive the Cheesegrater scheme. The development was shelved in 2008 by British Land, citing the recession and concerns about occupational demand.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 04:21 PM   #563
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Old June 14th, 2011, 10:09 AM   #564
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This is a really nice view
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Old June 16th, 2011, 04:21 AM   #565
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Old June 16th, 2011, 02:29 PM   #566
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There seemed to be lots of activity on site yesterday, unfortunately I couldn't get into a building to take an aerial photo of the site. However:

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Old June 16th, 2011, 08:44 PM   #567
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Old June 17th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #568
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What is the other major project in London Skanska are building, I've forgotten. Was it The place?
The heron tower.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 12:52 AM   #569
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They have to go quick with this one, Aon is waiting.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:17 PM   #570
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:40 PM   #571
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Are they live sewer pipes crossing the site? I hope those diggers don't hit one if they are, the whole pit will be full of sh1t.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #572
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Are they live sewer pipes crossing the site? I hope those diggers don't hit one if they are, the whole pit will be full of sh1t.
Temporary props to hold the retaining walls back until the floor slabs go in to do the job.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 04:49 PM   #573
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Oh well, it was a funny thought.
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Old June 19th, 2011, 05:39 PM   #574
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Great progress!
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Old June 24th, 2011, 05:28 AM   #575
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O’Rourke to pip Skanska in Cheesegrater race

Industry experts believe Laing O’Rourke is winning the race to build the £290m Cheesegrater tower in the City of London.

The contract award by client British Land and Oxford Properties is due to be made by the end of the summer and is down to a straight race between O’Rourke and Skanska.

The Enquirer has spoken to leading commercial construction experts who believe O’Rourke is edging ahead in the contest. One contracting boss said: “It’s a real fight but it seems O’Rourke is determined to win this one and has put in a very competitive bid. They have built a lot of concrete cores but this will be the first major office skyscraper for O’Rourke in the City and will be a statement in what is seen as one of the few growing markets at the moment.”

Groundworks have already started on the cleared site and construction work is scheduled to last until late 2014 at least. Another contracting source said: “The word is that O’Rourke have set their sights on this and when they want something they usually get it.

“They have put a lot of work into the bid and the feeling is they could be more competitive on price than Skanska which should tip the balance.”
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 06:12 PM   #577
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Nice update! It is really moving along well!
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Old July 2nd, 2011, 09:05 PM   #578
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Temporary props to hold the retaining walls back until the floor slabs go in to do the job.
It's a very unique method of construction. Is it because of the composition of London's soil? I know we're quite lucky here in Toronto where you have to put piling down 20-30 feet and then it's sheer bedrock. Is London more shale and clay then?
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Old July 6th, 2011, 04:14 AM   #579
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is this diagram ok?

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Old July 6th, 2011, 11:38 AM   #580
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just need to change the completion dates on the pinnacle and leadenhall buildings from 2012 to 2014.
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