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Belvedere Tower

 

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  • Moxley Architects were chosen following the insistence of a design competition as the land was owned by British Rail. They were the winner of 21 entrants. Following the announcement of the winner in May 1985 British Rail then announced that the scheme wasn't tall enough and needed a tower leading to a second competition which Moxley Architects also won, and the design of the Belvedere.
  • A planning application was filed in February 1986 so that it could be considered by the Greater London Council before its abolition in April 1986 which was predicted to lead to a local council hostile to the scheme as it was designed.
  • The main contractor of the project, who oversaw the construction in a mere 30 months from start to finish, was Bovis, then owned by P&O. In turn 130 contractors and 1,800 people worked on the site, plus a further 250 design staff. Construction costs ran to a reputed 1 million a month, hence the rapid construction period to get the project finished as soon as possible. In the case of the Belvedere the towers concrete was constructed at the rate of three days per floor.
  • The largest single contractor was Byrne Brothers who did one single concrete mix for the entire masterplan and ended up bagging 22 million for their work. At the time the firm's typical annual turnover was 4 million.
  • Sitting under the project, and the rest of Chelsea Harbour, is an 1,800 space car park which at the time was the largest underground car park in Europe.

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Architect
Moxley Architects Ltd
Concrete Frame Contractor
Byrne Brothers
Developer
P&O
Development Consultant
Clarke, Nicholls & Marcel
Lehrer McGovern
Main Contractor
Bovis Homes Group

Reference Data

Reference No.
1459
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
26-11-2016
 

Building Location

Address
Harbour Avenue, Chelsea Harbour, London. SW10 0BB
Council
Hammersmith and Fulham
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1986
Construction start date
1986
Completion date
1988
Style
Post Modern

Roof Height (AGL)
77.00

Total Floors (O.G)
20

Market Data

Primary Use
Residential


Land Costs
£18,000,000.00
Date of Purchase
1985

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