The Madison

London
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A Landmark High-Rise Structure

Standing at 182m high, the Madison is one of the tallest towers in the UK. We were appointed to deliver a 54 storey superstructure, two-storey basement, and single-storey pavilion building.

Despite the inherent safety and logistics challenges presented by working on a structure of this nature, we successfully completed our works 4 weeks ahead of schedule.

Best Practice Safety

We used Ischebeck safety screens on the working levels of the tower to reduce the risk of falling tools and materials. We were also the first firm in Europe to use the new Plus Peri rail climbing staircase, which eliminated the need for ladder access to upper ‘wet trade’ areas. Our innovative safety approach was recognized by Balfour Beatty at their annual HSEQ awards.

Sustainability

Floor slabs were post tensioned which dramatically reduced the amount of steel reinforcement used in the building which also minimized the risks associated with material handling at height. Our use of post tensioning also reduced the volume of concrete and embodied carbon in the building.

54 storeys
2 storey basement
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Access solutions

The Madison presented us with a range of logistical and safety challenges owing to the very tight footprint of the site, which was also situated on the public footpath. Our gantry slab solution involved utilizing the permanent ground floor slab. This enabled lorries to load and unload without blocking the public highway and also meant that part of the basement excavation works needed to be carried out (partially) “top down”.

Substructure

The two-storey basement involved the construction of a concrete capping beam, the installation of propping, and waterproofing to the lining of the walls on the Eastern side. Level B1 was part suspended on the Eastern side of the site. Piling provided the main foundations for the structure.

Core Construction

We were able to minimize the safety risks associated with working at height through extensive planning and collaboration with Balfour Beatty. Our selected a fully hydraulic Doka SCP rig for the core which reduced hook time by providing storage for up to 40T of material on its top deck. The stairs were swiftly installed using a safe and efficient Stair Master system.

Superstructure  

Using the Doka Deck falsework system allowed decking to take place from the slab level which further reduced working at height risk. The slabs were designed as a two way spanning, bonded post tensioned system designed in-house by Kingscote Design Limited and installed by our specialist installation team.

Project
The Madison
Architect
MAKE
Engineer
WSP
Contractor
Balfour Beatty Construction
Sectors
Residential
Services
Design
Substructures
Superstructures
High rise
Location
London
Status
Current
Project summary
Project summary
Project
The Madison
Architect
MAKE
Engineer
WSP
Contractor
Balfour Beatty Construction
Sectors
Residential
Services
Design
Substructures
Superstructures
High rise
Location
London
Status
Current