England won the cricket World Cup for the first time in history and today is the start of the Ashes. Nearly as important, the UK has a new Prime Minister who is predicting a very positive outlook for the coming years – time will tell but in the meantime, we are in for an interesting and potentially turbulent few months. We have received our formal certification for BREEAM standards (buildings performance/sustainability) achieving a rating of “Excellent” for the shell and core works. With the exception of the area immediately behind the temporary lift hoists (which are currently being dismantled) and the main entrance, all cladding panels are now installed. Landscapers have started, preparing the communal garden areas for decking and planting. The passive air vents in the communal areas are now fully enclosed and the man safe systems for the abseilers are installed. The passenger lifts in both Block B and Block C are now in beneficial use. Kitchens are installed in Block B up to level 9 and the first of the kitchens are now being installed in Block C. Our programme currently provides for all kitchens, bathrooms and flooring in Block B to be fully installed this month. The new retail unit fronting Royal Mint Street is now glazed and the brickwork to the front elevations is almost complete. Works are progressing well on the adjoining site with extraction systems installed and the lower level dig, which will ultimately create a pressurised escape from track level.
Communal garden weathered steel (Corten) planters being laid out by the landscape team.
Landscapers laying the paving on one of the 9th floor communal garden areas.
Screed being laid at 1st floor level, in between external communal gardens and swimming pool/gym.
Adjoining site. A concrete box with stairs will be constructed within this area. This will provide a pressurised fire escape from the track level of the Docklands Light Railway.
Temporary hoists removed on the western elevation – remaining cladding panels being installed.
1st floor communal garden area – flower beds and stair opening being created.
Glazing works to retail unit.
On-going plastering works.
Plant room construction works on adjoining site.
One of the 9th floor communal garden areas being laid out by the landscapers.
First day of July, Wimbledon has started and England beat India in the cricket, plenty of sunshine forecast for the forthcoming weeks. We have now dismantled one of the tower cranes and the passenger lifts in Core B are now available for beneficial use. The month of June was particularly busy with visits from Anthony Loke, The Transport Minister from Malaysia, His Excellency Charles Hay, MVO, the British High commissioner to Malaysia and a large contingent from Stockholm, Sweden, looking at a large over rail development in their Capital City.
We still have a few cladding panels to install on the top floor Block D but these works will be finished in July. In terms of internal fit out works, partitioning for B and C is complete and Block D is up to level 6.
We have a complete programme for kitchen and bathroom installations and are currently installing on the 8th floor, Block B. The sprinkler systems have been installed up to the 12th floor, Block B and 6th floor, Block C. Underfloor heating for B and C are fully installed and Block D has commenced. Flooring is now up to 7th floor in Block B and ceilings are now being closed off up to the 12th floor.
Both of the passive air vents in the first floor communal garden areas now covered.
First of the windows being installed into the retail area fronting Royal Mint Street.
Passageway ceilings being closed up.
Chandelier being delivered from Italy.
Main cladding works now complete.
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Courtyard balconies and glass splitters.
Coping cladding panels being installed.
View from one of the windows looking east.
An apartment in Block D – being made ready for floor screed.
Going forward, rather than the quarterly update, we will be commenting monthly. At long last, we have a formal address for the development being 85 Royal Mint Street, London, E1. The concrete frame of the building was completed a few months ago and all cladding panels are now manufactured, 87% are installed and the remainder are either in transit or on site. There is a huge amount of fit-out works taking place with up to 300 operatives on site daily. Bathrooms – kitchens – underfloor heating – M&E, are being installed and most of the internal partitioning within Blocks B and C are complete. The swimming pool is currently being water tested and work has commenced in the communal garden areas. The lifts in block B are now available for beneficial use which means the temporary hoist on the side of the building can shortly be dismantled. The lifts in block C will be ready before the end of June. One of our tower cranes will shortly be dismantled as all heavy lifting in the western sections have been completed. Last week, our mains electric supply was connected to the newly built substations. By way of update on the adjoining site, work is progressing well with the remainder of the encapsulation. Coffey’s, being our contractor for these rail works, have back to back weekend rail shutdowns so much of the track side elements are taking place, new lighting, new escape platforms and re-routing some of the cabling. Our contractors are still estimating completion for Blocks B and C for October with Block D being available in December. If this changes, we will immediately update this progress site.
Team visit to door manufacturer in Sofia, Bulgaria. Important to check quality and programme of supply.
Another load of flooring delivered to site.
View down and into one of the communal garden areas at first floor level. One of the tower cranes has now been removed from site.
Kitchen installation – laser measuring accuracy.
Shuttering for plant room on adjoining site. This plant room will hold extraction units to smoke (if any) from DLR into Bank station.
IJMLand, London office, were delighted to host a number of site visits this week;
His Excellency, Mr Charles Hay, MVO, British High Commissioner to Malaysia. Encouraging further investment into the UK.
Mr Anthony Loke, Malaysian Minister of Transport. He was particularly interested in the “building over rail concept” and the possibilities this may open up in Kuala Lumpur.
A 15 strong contingent from Jernhusen, Sweden. They are considering a large decking development, over railway infrastructure, in Stockholm and requested a visit of our London project. Mr Stuart Kirkwood, Development Director of Network Rail and Mr Norrie Courts, Director of Stations accompanied Jernhusen on this visit.
From left to right;
Dato Soam (IJM Corp CEO), Mr Anthony Loke, (Minister of Transport), Mark Lahiff, (IJM’s UK partner), Edward Chong (IJM Land CEO).
Panoramic image some distorted angles, however, good indication of progress.
Plant area on top of Block B.
Balconies – concrete pavers being installed.
Brickwork along the walkway leading from Royal Mint Street to the development reception area.
Brickwork and blockwork in communal areas.
North west corner of the façade with part of the hoarding being removed at the first floor.
Section of pre-cast passive air vent being lifted into the communal garden area.
One of the banks of electric switchgear delivered and installed.
Sprinkler water tanks being installed.
Reception chandelier – Completely handmade by a long standing family run artisan business in Italy, the 1970’s style Molecule statement chandelier comes with 93 hand blown bespoke Murano glass spheres. It’s nearly 4 metres high x 4 metres wide. It weighs in at around 120 kilograms.
The street hoarding to the front of new Chinese Embassy has been removed to reveal the splendid listed building within the grounds.
Link Block between B and C.
Installation of the first balconies Block C facing Royal Mint Street.
One of the roof parapets being made water tight.
Cladding panels loaded onto the communal garden area between Blocks C and D – due to be fitted over next couple of days.
Pre-cast lift overrun on top floor, Block D.
Top floor cladding Block B installed.
Northern elevation of Block D as viewed from Magdalene Passage, E1.
View from the eastern side of Royal Mint Street looking west.
1st floor link between Blocks C and D – runs parallel to the swimming pool area and communal gardens.
(Completion in Blocks B and C (Rosemary and Lavender) is currently estimated for October and Block D (Sage) in December)
Meteorological spring has begun and London has basked in a few weeks of glorious record breaking sunshine. The warmer than usual climate has increased productivity and we are now just a couple of weeks from completing the full concrete frame of the project. Blocks B and C are topped out, as are the links between Blocks B and C and Blocks C and D. Just a few levels of Block D remaining. We currently have 3 separate teams installing the cladding system and so far over 500 cladding panels have been installed and about 40 balconies.
The internal fit-out is closely following the cladding installation so underfloor heating, partitioning, first fix electrics and comfort cooling all progressing well. Just over 250 contractors on site every day.
Midgard, our contractor, has just been vetted under the Considerate Contractor’s Scheme and was rated in each category as either excellent or exemplary. This rating assessment considers interface with neighbours, individual operatives, management and most importantly site safety.
In recent months, the development has attracted considerable interest in London, specifically with regards the complexities and opportunities in building over and close to live rail infrastructure. You may be interested in the following video;
IJM and Knight Frank are hosting a Royal Mint Gardens buyers’ pre-completion update event in Kuala Lumpur on 3rd April 2019. Please click here for more details. In the meantime, if you have any queries whatsoever, do not hesitate to contact Amy – firstname.lastname@example.org. Finally, Amy is still waiting for some buyers to respond with regards their choice of wardrobe colours. Please respond as soon as you can if you have not done so already.
Building created for electric substation.
First of the cooling plants being lifted in situ.
Back of panels, glazed panels covered for protection.
Cladding panel ready to be installed.
Internal view of the contractors installing one of the cladding panels.
Looking down at the cladding installation Block C.
Northern façade Block B and link between B and C. The communal garden will be behind the blue meshing on the top floor of the link block.
Just the top floor cladding panels to be installed in this section.
Cladding between Blocks C and D.
Plastering has started.
Jacuzzi and swimming pool area.
Side on photo standing in Royal Mint Street.
Back of house.
Image taken from the raised courtyard communal garden looking back at the link between Blocks B and C. Cladding has now commenced on Block C.
South facing apartment on the 2nd floor.
Internal partitioning closely following cladding installation.
Cladding around the roof garden between Blocks B and C.
South elevation – all large glass balconies on Block B now installed.
Northern façade – Block B and link between Blocks B and C almost complete.
Western elevation – 27 balconies installed and closing out the cladding on the top 2 floors.
Cladding installation work taking place on the 9th floor roof garden link between Block B and Block C.
Site visit by Mr Tan Sri Krishnam – Deputy Non-Executive Chairman of IJM Corporation and former Chairman of IJM Land Berhad.
Dato Soam, CEO of IJM Corp, and Edward Chong, CEO of IJM Land, visiting the site to check on progress.
Southern elevation looking at Block B and the link between Blocks B and C.
Work in progress – part of the bespoke reception chandelier being assembled. Murano, Italy.
Fan coil units – comfort cooling for each apartment.
South facing corner cladding sections.
East elevation brickworks – up to and around the encapsulation works.
(Completion is currently estimated for September/October 2019)
Link between B & C fully clad. Balconies next.
Block C – topped out.
Northern façade, Block B and link between Blocks B & C, cladding installation making good progress.
Roof decking being laid out on Block C in preparation for final concrete pour.
Balconies being installed on the western flank and the inner courtyard.
Block B – side elevation completed structure.
Link section between Blocks B and C almost fully clad. 100 cladding panels have been installed this week.
View of the link from Block B to Block C. Link block concrete frame complete, Block C concrete frame complete 2 weeks from completion.
Block B topped out – concrete frame complete.
Panoramic view from the roof of Block B.
It has been a frustrating week for our contractors, high winds and intermittent heavy rain have resulted in our tower crane being restricted from operating. However, they have managed to pour part of the roof section of Block B.
Installation of the first cladding panels on the link between Blocks B and C.
The full bulk, scale and massing of the development is becoming apparent. Block B will be topped out this week, the link between Blocks B and C is complete, Block C will be completed before the end of February.
The upper level structural cut backs are now visible from the 10th floor upwards on Block B. Roof structure now commenced and topping out should be complete towards the end of this week.
(Completion is currently estimated for September/October 2019)
As we move into December, we hope you have been following with interest the website progress photos and receiving the email updates. Please make contact if you have not received, email@example.com. Likewise, we have sent out a list of service providers to all customers so that furniture packs, mortgages, letting agents etc. can be contacted and procured well in advance of completion. If you have still not responded with your preferred colour choice for your kitchen units, please do so without delay. Orders are now being placed with our supplier.
We have had an extremely productive few months and by the end of December, block B concrete frame will be up to at least 12th floor, Core C 8th floor and Block D 5th, possibly 6th. The installation of all drainage, heating/cooling systems are well underway. The Reynaers/Staticus cladding panels are being fitted and we hope to have block B, up to 4th level, clad by Christmas. As floors are made watertight, the apartment layouts are being formed. The site is a hive of activity with over 200 contractors working each day. A lift hoist has been attached to the western flank of the building to assist with speedy access.
In case you missed out on the recent announcements, we are again delighted to announce that our contractor, Midgard Limited, won the prestigious Contractor of the Year Award (turnover up to £300m). Banagher Concrete, suppliers of the frame (encapsulation works), covering Docklands Light Railway, also won the Best Pre-Cast Construction Award for Royal Mint Gardens. With regards the remaining encapsulation and track side works, we have awarded the contract to J. Coffey Construction Limited. In terms of programme and completion dates, we are working closely with our contractor and will keep you well informed. As you will have seen, at the start of every month, we publish the estimated completion dates and we are still forecasting September/October 2019. If this is likely to slip, we will give you plenty of notice.
In the meantime, to those of you that have visited our office or provided any feedback, we thank you. To everyone, we wish you a festive month, and wish you all the very best for 2019. This is IJM’s last week in St Katharines Docks and we will temporarily relocate to one of the arches on site – accessed via Chamber Street.
Block D (Sage).
Back of house plant areas.
Royal Mint Street now closed off to public vehicles – allowing deliveries and unloading to take place without delays.
(Completion currently estimated for September/October 2019)
Block B now rising rapidly. If you look close enough you will see the first cladding panel installed on this western elevation. You may also notice that we have installed a lift hoist on the flank of the building which is suitable for both men and materials. This helps assist with speedy access into and around the site.
Block D flooring being prepared for concrete pour. Block C and Block B can be seen at slightly higher levels.
First of the cladding panels being readied for installation.
One of the last cantilever sections which will be installed during night works.
View from the 6th floor, Block B, looking east. On a clear day, like today, the towers within Canary Wharf are very visible.
View from the 6th floor, Block B, looking south.
Photo of the cantilever steels with the decking installed for the flooring above. Once construction reaches level 8 on all floors, the steels can be removed as the cantilever becomes self-supporting. We have circled one of the Macalloy bars in red – these bars going through the entire building to basement level and are secured into the piling system in order to hold the weight of the cantilever sections.
(Completion currently estimated for September/October 2019)
Visit to see progress of balcony fabrication.
Side on view looking east along Royal Mint Street. As we are closing out the works on the rear cantilever sections, the construction of the super-structure can proceed at pace, some sections will gain an extra floor every 7/10 days.
24th October and the sun is still shining bright in London. Long may it continue.
Additional work-force on site so concrete spreaders working hard to stay ahead of Sky Deck installation team.
Internal ducting being installed.
View from street level looking west.
The area to the bottom left of the image shows the rebar which will eventually form both the roof of the “town houses” fronting Royal Mint Street and also the raised level communal roof gardens. The blue covered area in the bottom right of the photo is the temporary covering to the passive air vent serving the Dockland Light Railway. The apartments within this area of the concrete frame will all have views into this garden area.
Façade cladding panels under construction. First delivery next month, November.
Team visit to inspect the factory of our kitchen manufacturer.