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Old March 22nd, 2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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LONDON | 150 Stratford High Street | 133m | 41 fl | Com

133m tower in Stratford, near the Olympic site.

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Old March 22nd, 2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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A bit wary of some of the architect's past schemes, especially as in East London in planning terms you can probably get away with much more (the disaster of No1 Gateway a case in point).

They'll have to get their skates on too to get this building fully fitted out and fully occupied before the spike in prices in the months leading up to the summer games.
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 06:12 PM   #3
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Nice, are those skygardens? How popular are skygardens on skyscrapers over there?
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Old March 23rd, 2009, 07:12 PM   #4
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There's been a few towers with sky gardens proposed in London, most notably 20 Fenchurch Street. Whether this one will still have sky gardens when finished, is anyone's guess.
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Old March 26th, 2009, 04:51 PM   #5
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lol. This has been put on hold already.

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Hmm - regardless of the merits or otherwise of this tower, this is not good news for Stratford. I hope it is only a temporary glitch.

Work has stopped on one of east London's tallest residential towers next to the London 2012 Olympic site. Genesis Housing Group has pulled the plug on the 43-storey tower at 150 Stratford High Street, which is part of a £150 million proposal for 650 new homes on the site. Main contractor Ardmore had only reached the third floor of the main tower when Genesis called a halt to work last week. Stratford town centre is being transformed in the run-up to the Olympics, but the 2012 boom has not been enough to offset the dire state of the housing market.

One source close to the project explained: "Genesis can no longer finance the project. The Stratford High Street site, which is very close to the Olympic Park, was the group's biggest-ever land acquisition, and maybe Genesis paid too much for the site in the first place. Ardmore did all it could to keep the scheme going – even offering to lower its prices – but to no avail."

The mothballing of the Stratford scheme could herald the spread of private housing's woes to the social housing sector. Genesis had planned to build 650 new homes alongside a 150-bed 4-star hotel and retail and commercial units. At least one third of the homes were for social rent or shared ownership.

A Genesis spokeswoman said: "Genesis Housing Group is still firmly committed to the Stratford site. We have temporarily suspended work to review the design with stakeholders, and ensure that we continue to meet the needs of customers. We will recommence work shortly." However, the source said: "There were design issues before the job started, and it was called in by CABE. But that was all sorted out before building began, so to talk about design issues now is just a smokescreen to disguise the simple fact that they have no money."

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Old January 23rd, 2010, 01:19 PM   #6
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Ardmore re-wins £110m shelved Stratford tower job

Ardmore is understood to have re-won a £110 million contract it first picked up nearly two years ago - to build one of London’s tallest residential buildings on a site next to the 2012 Olympic Park.

It is understood that it was a two-horse race between the Enfield-based contractor and Sisk for the job, which covers the construction of seven residential blocks at the 150 High Street site in Stratford, including a 43-storey tower.

The project - being procured by Genesis Housing subsidiary Paddington Churches Housing Association - was originally won under a £150m contract by Ardmore in spring 2008 but has been on hold amid rumours of funding difficulties since March 2009.

A number of high profile contractors are said to have shown interest in the re-tendered contract but several sources told Construction News that the job was not viable given the timescale for completion, which is tied in to the Olympic Park.

As well as the tower, the scheme comprises the construction of six other blocks - five of which are ten storeys high.

The OJEU contract notice for the project, issued in November, stated: “Due to the site’s proximity to the Olympic Park, all external elevations and external works will be required to be completed a minimum of four weeks before the commencement of the Olympic Games.”

Work is expected to start on site in May and be completed in just 32 months.

Foundation works, including the construction of a basement, have in the main been completed, as has the concrete superstructure up to level four of two of the blocks.

Genesis shelved the scheme last March, citing planning and design issues, but widespread reports of funding problems emerged after work stopped on site.

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Old May 12th, 2010, 01:36 AM   #8
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This is a beautiful tower.
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Old May 12th, 2010, 10:23 PM   #9
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A beauty. The public space around looks pretty good as well.
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Old May 15th, 2010, 02:37 PM   #10
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Updates???
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Old May 16th, 2010, 02:09 PM   #11
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looks good.
pity that there are no updates
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Old May 16th, 2010, 08:21 PM   #12
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Old June 19th, 2010, 11:54 AM   #13
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action at 150 High St Stratford

very tall tower crane has come back to life!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't see what its up to from here (Landmark Heights) but will go down and take a look.
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Old March 10th, 2011, 10:11 PM   #14
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Old March 14th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #15
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150 High Street Stratford is a landmark project for Stratford and London. It is located at the approach to the Olympic Games, opposite the Olympic coach station and will effectively ‘announce’ the entrance to the event. A key design feature is a fine curvilinear building, which at 43-storeys will be one of the tallest residential buildings in London.

The scheme will exemplify the regeneration pace set by the Games when the world’s eyes are on London in 2012. The revitalisation benefits are clear as housing shortages and environmental issues are faced head-on. There is also associated car and cycle parking, landscape amenity and children’s play space and a riverside walkway, all helping to form a strong, diverse community well into the future.

The development commenced in May 2010 and is set to complete December 2012

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What's Happening on-site in February?


1. Concrete frame construction on tower

2. Concrete frames on blocks surrounding tower

3. Installation of protective shroud on tower

4. External brickwork & internal fit-out for the 2 completed blocks

5. Construction of classroom by local college students

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Client: Genesis Housing Group
Local Authority: Newham
Registered Provider: Genesis Housing Group
Architect: KDS Associates / Stock Woolstencroft
Structural Engineer: URS Corporation / WSP Group
M&E Consultant: Ian White Associates
PROJECT OVERVIEW

A mixed development by the Genesis Housing Group, 150 High Street, Stratford, is a landmark regeneration project for London, located at the approach to the 2012 Olympic Games. Providing over 650 affordable homes, the scheme includes five new residential blocks, one of which, at 133.10 metres, will be one of the highest residential towers in London.

The project also comprises a 153-bedroom four-star hotel, the refurbishment and extension of an existing listed building (including an additional two storeys), and basement car parking beneath new public gardens and parks.

150 High Street is one of the only schemes of its size in the UK being constructed under a lump-sum fixed-price design-and-build contract.

PROCUREMENT

As an experienced contractor specialising in high-rise construction, Ardmore negotiated the project in the early stages and, following extensive value engineering, was able to submit a lump-sum, fixed-price tender, despite having very limited architectural planning drawings and no structural engineering drawings. With the contract sum agreed, Ardmore commenced piling within seven weeks.

CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY

The one to two-storey basement has been formed using Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piled walls, tanked with a Voltex Bentonite water proofing system. With the site bordering a tributary of the Thames, extensive de-watering was necessary during excavation. Following this, the CFA foundation piles were cast at the lower level.

The tower core walls will be slip-formed and the flat slab reinforced concrete (RC) frames of the residential blocks will be formed off a transfer slab at ground floor level. The 10-storey blocks will comprise a mixture of stone, brick and glass cladding, with the 43-storey tower clad in a unitised glass curtain walling system with architectural bull nose features.

The lightweight metal inner skin of the external envelope will be raised ahead of the cladding to secure watertight conditions and allow fit-out to dovetail with construction of the RC frame.

This integrated approach, combined with Ardmore’s prefabricated kitchen and bathroom pods, will enable rapid fitting out and early phased handovers.

VALUE ENGINEERING

Ardmore has developed a flat, thin slab RC frame with slimline columns hidden within party walls. By omitting floor screeds and developing extremely lightweight dry-wall partitions, Ardmore has achieved savings of over 25 per cent in the amount of piling required.

Among other enhancements, all cladding systems have been value engineered and elevations rationalised to maximise prefabrication, while revising the design of the basement car park and relocating the central plant room will reduce primary service runs. The combined heat & power (CHP) plant, gas and biomass boiler systems were also revised to generate considerable cost savings.

VALUE ENHANCEMENT

By reworking the floor plans to increase the size of residential units and relocating the plant rooms from the roof to the basement, more units within the same footprint can be achieved, adding significant value to the project.

SUSTAINABILITY

CHP plant, biomass boilers, rainwater harvesting and green and brown roofs, as well as water-saving sanitaryware, have all been incorporated within the scheme, together with considerable areas of water attenuation on the 1.3-hectare Thames-side site.

HAND-OVER STRATEGY

Instead of a block-by-block handover initially proposed by the client, Ardmore suggested a floor-by-floor handover, enabling occupations 18 months faster. And, by relocating the plant rooms, fitting-out could also take place far earlier. The tower core will be slip-formed and the central corridors and stairs formed in pre-cast concrete, allowing early installation of lifts and enabling phased occupation of the lower levels as fit-out continues above.

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS/INNOVATION

Through its expertise and experience in developing the structural and façade design in advance of the construction programme, as well as introducing early temporary watertight solutions and design revisions, Ardmore has ensured fit-out – and client handover – can begin at the earliest opportunity.

http://150highstreet.com/

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Old March 15th, 2011, 08:59 AM   #16
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Wow this is another nice tower for London.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:28 PM   #18
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'Lightweight dry wall partitions' what does that mean? Sounds to me like a recipe for noise pollution in the building and low build quality unless someone knows better?!

Love the height for Stratford though...as this area hopefully becomes a place business wants to locate in, it'll just get better.
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How's this one developing?
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