We are delighted to finally announce that the construction works associated with the encapsulation of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are now complete. This constitutes a major piece of infrastructure and sets a precedence being the first construction works involving the enclosure of the DLR. The DLR carries over 123 million passengers annually and by the end of 2018 will connect directly onto the new Elizabeth Line (Crossrail), improving access to parts of London. The various stakeholders including Network Rail, DLR and IJM Land have worked extremely hard to complete this essential element of the project. This phase of the construction took significantly longer than expected, dealing with the various rail authorities, restrictions on working hours and compliance to all health and safety matters. The encapsulation has been designed to withstand train impact loads and is a testament to everyone involved.
We can also announce the appointment of Midgard Limited, (www.midgard.ltd.uk) being a subsidiary of the JRL Group, as the main contractor for the delivery of Royal Mint Gardens. Midgard are based locally and provide a full turn-key package. The Midgard team are currently working from IJM’s London office but will shortly take possession of the site.
Piling for the superstructure is almost complete and we anticipate rapid progress during the remainder of the project. As a result, we will update this progress section on the website on a monthly basis. Completion is currently projected for the third quarter of 2019.
Finally, some of you may be unaware that the 5 acre site directly opposite Royal Mint Gardens (Royal Mint Court) has been granted planning permission for re-modelling which will create 6,000 sqft of mixed commercial space, 1.8 acres of public realm and employment for around 5000 people. There is no proposed increase in heights and no residential apartments. This should create demand for rental accommodation in the immediate area. The details can be found on the following link www.royalmintcourt.info