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Harbour Exchange Tower Also known as Harbour Exchange 1 and 2

 

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  • Although Harbour Exchange Tower may not look it, it was constructed as two distinct buildings splitting it down the middle, complete with two individual entrances, albeit sharing a common foundation.
  • The scale of the basement concrete slab was such that at its peak 330 lorries carrying concrete were arriving every day to help fill it. 13,000 cubic metres of concrete were used with each pour totalling 1,200 cubic metres.
  • The number of 17 floors was dictated by the developer for cost reasons. They were presented with two options, the first was that they could have larger floor to floor heights due to a 250mm construction zone, the second was they could have a more economical concrete build with lower floor to floor heights that over 17 floors would mean they could fit 18 into the same area. The developer plumped for 17 as it would save half a million pounds on cladding costs, and in any case, due to the proximity to Canary Wharf the need to reduce the height of the building was not an issue.
  • In the summer of 1988 the Sun newspaper ran a story about a skills shortage in the construction industry and based the story on bricklayers being paid an unheard of sum of 100.00 per day to work on Harbour Exchange. There were no bricklayers working on the project at all.
  • Upon completion there was already some concern that the Docklands Light Railway would have the capacity to serve the development, let alone other projects in the immediate area. This was only solved with the construction of the Jubilee Line to Canary Wharf almost a decade later.
  • Despite being having finished for over 15 years it was still the tallest office building in Docklands outside of Canary Wharf until Discovery Dock topped out in 2005.
  • Harbour Exchange is one of the main data centres in London with a large number of I.S.Ps located there.

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Architect
Frederick Gibberd Partnership
Concrete Frame Contractor
R O Rourke and Son Ltd
Developer
Charter Group Developments
Main Contractor
Fairclough Building
Structural Engineer
Bunyan Meyer and Partners

Reference Data

Reference No.
236
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
14-07-2016
 

Building Location

Address
1 Harbour Exchange Square, Crossharbour, Isle of Dogs, London. E14 9GB
Council
Tower Hamlets
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1986
Construction start date
1987
Completion date
1989
Style
International

Roof Height (AGL)
75.30

Harbour Exchange Tower

Total Floors (O.G)
17

Market Data

Primary Use
Office

Floorspace (sq m)
46,500.00
Car Parking Spaces
600

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