The transformation of Royal Albert Dock into a new business centre for London continues, with news that the first phase of development works is 45% complete, to be marked with a topping-out ceremony on April 12.
The completion date for Phase 1 is set for March 2019, with the development sitting on 8 acres, delivering commercial office space and retail space in a totally redesigned urban environment.
An extensive unexploded ordnance survey by BacTec was completed with minimal obstructions found. This permitted the groundworks and superstructure to progress without a hitch. The pre-cast concrete panels then arrived following an early manufacturing sequence, and with the use of eight mobile cranes are being installed including barge cranes located in the dock, with completion set for this summer. Tower cranes cannot be adopted at Royal Albert Dock due to the proximity of London City Airport and its restricted exclusion zone, so careful planning and logistic support has been a key aspect of the project.
More than 200 VIP guests have been invited to the topping-out ceremony from the UK and overseas, including senior representatives from Multiplex, CITIC Construction and Chairman of ABP Xu Weiping.
Sir Robin Wales Mayor of Newham and James Murray, Deputy Mayor of London will also be giving speeches. After a presentation of golden trowels, select guests would help to complete the last part of the concrete plastering of the building to mark the completion of this stage of work.
After the ceremony guests will be treated with a river cruise to appreciate the scale of the project and the adjacent landmarks such as the London City Airport, exhibitions and international convention centre ExCeL. Together these facilities make RAD the centre of the future business development of east London.