Press Release

Balfour Beatty builds on firm foundations in the London tower market with completion of piling at The Madison

11 May 2017


Piling work for the 53 storey £150 million Madison, a project being delivered by Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has now been completed providing the firm foundations required for this major tower project in Canary Wharf, London.

Developed by award winning London development manager LBS Properties, The Madison will become a striking addition to the London skyline.  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 high-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% 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, 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."

Peter Amato, 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.

Construction on the project began in March 2016 and has quickly moved forward and to schedule with the project due for completion in 2020. Over 50% of the development has already been sold.

At construction peak the project will have a workforce of 400 people. During this process a range of innovative techniques will be used including surveys undertaken by drones to create more accurate, real-time data to make the process of constructing the tower quicker and more efficient.

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Notes to editors:

Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland regional construction business is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities.

Balfour Beatty has considerable experience constructing landmark high-rise towers. From the foundations of the 87-storey £2bn Shard in London, the £600m 48-storey Somerset House Tower in Hong Kong to the 30-storey $360m Marriott Marquis hotel in Houston, our projects create the skylines of cities across the world.

Over the years, Balfour Beatty’s regional construction business has delivered a range of vital projects to keep London moving and its economy thriving. Recently completed projects include the construction of the £110m 43-storey residential Providence Tower in Blackwall, the delivery of the Stapleton House student accommodation scheme which provides accommodation for almost 900 students on the Holloway Road and work on the world famous Great Ormond Street Hospital, providing inpatient bedrooms with en-suites and treatment rooms.

Significant projects in the company’s current London portfolio include the £400m East Wick & Sweetwater development which will create two neighbourhoods including 1500 homes in East London, the £35m contract to deliver the first phase of the redevelopment of The Royal National Orthopedic Hospital (RNOH) in North London and 5 Miles Street in Vauxhall, a £42m 33-storey student accommodation project for Urbanest which will provide a range of modern facilities for over 400 students.

Vivienne Dunn

Senior Media & PR Manager