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Balfour Beatty completes piling at London tower


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, said it has completed the piling work for the 53-storey Madison project in Canary Wharf, London.

Developed by award winning London development manager LBS Properties, The £150 million ($194 million) Madison will become a striking addition to the London skyline said the company in a statement.

A total of 625 piles, equivalent to 12.5km and ranging between 12m to 25m in length, have been driven into the ground, providing the solid foundations the towering structure will need to soar 180 meters into the sky.

Designed by globally renowned Make Architects The Madison will house 423 high specification studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes, including 104 affordable homes and offer residents a number of quality amenities such as outside space, hotel-style lounge, a gym and swimming pool.

The slender form of the hexagonal glass clad tower allows over 70 per cent of the site’s footprint to be dedicated to a carefully planned new public garden, boosting the number of London’s green open spaces.

Graham Hill, the managing director of Balfour Beatty’s regional business in London, said: "Utilising Balfour Beatty’s knowledge of complex structures in tall towers and our wide in house expertise we have completed the initial stage of ground works at The Madison."

"Once completed, the scheme will be a landmark addition to the luxury high end residential towers within the area of Canary Wharf," he noted.

Peter Amato, the development director at LBS Properties, said: "Reaching this significant milestone is a testament to the quality team and commitment of our supply chain partners. We are delighted with progress to date and remain on track to meeting our programme objectives."

Balfour Beatty said work on the project began in March last year and has quickly moved forward and to schedule with the project due for completion in 2020. Over 50 per cent of the development has already been sold.-TradeArabia News Service

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