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Piling Starts At Riverside South

Piling work is finally underway on the Riverside South site in Canary, almost seven years after this website first revealed the existence of the project.

Since then the two Richard Rogers buildings with a shared podium have evolved into three separate ones with the two towers having gradually been refined and increased in height as the developer tries to get ever more space into them.

The towers will now stand at 235 and 189 metres tall with a 66 metre tall building between them with the taller being the tallest building built to roof height since One Canada Square which has dominated Canary Wharf for almost 15 years.

The complex of building now contains a massive amount of space - 324,888 square metres of gross floor space making it by far the largest singe office development not just in Britain but in Western Europe and if combined into one building, one of the largest in the world.

Riverside South is arguably one structure as is evidenced from the works going around on site now. Canary Wharf Contractors are currently setting 800 continuous flight auger piles each 14 metres deep.

What this means is that a hole is sunk into the ground and filled up with concrete and then whilst the concrete is still wet a cylindrical metal cage, a similar shape to the bore holes, is thrust into the concrete which then sets around it.

These piles are being sunk roughly around where the towers will stand and mark the first part of the foundations upon which the main buildings can sit allowing the weight of what is above to be effectively distributed.

Work is being spurred on by the planned move of the future anchor tenant, banking giant JP Morgan from the City of London to Canary Wharf who have been attracted by the massive trading floors the scheme offers and frustrated by their inability to realise a new headquarters on London Wall.

The whole thing goes to show that credit crunch or not, banks always need new headquarters as their operational requirements, in this case for every larger trading floors, changes. The buildings should be complete in 2012.

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Riverside South, London
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