We were commissioned by Leaglease to add lift shafts, stairs and an extra floor to their building in Fleet St, London.
- Client: Legalease
- Structural detail by: Mark Ebbs & Mick Simpson
- Job Duration: 2016-2017 (18 months)
Space to develop in London is rare, so it is becoming increasingly common to extend upwards rather than sideways, and our project in Fleet St was a far from unique one apart from the location and logistics.
We were working directly for the building’s owner rather than through a large construction company so we when we won the contract to build a steel framed single story extension on the roof, we were also asked to work out how to get the steel work up there and erect it so we could successfully add another floor to the building.
The solution was to site a mobile tower crane in Fleet St over several weekends and carry out the works as quickly as possible. As you can imagine, the process involved in closing such a busy London thoroughfare was not an easy one, with considerable traffic management involved and bus diversions to arrange. We contracted City Lifting who supplied the crane and arranged everything else with the council directly.We completed the works over three weekends.