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Landmark London tower tops out

The 16-storey Bevis Marks building in London completed its topping out ceremony last Friday.

The ceremony was attended by London’s deputy mayor for planning and chief of staff Sir Edward Lister.

The 172,000 sq ft building is the latest to make its mark on the London skyline and will be completed at the end of the year, featuring an ETFE (Ethylene TetraFluoroEthylene) floating roof structure, which will create an all-weather open-air roof terrace.

The building, which includes retail, basement and basement mezzanine spaces, will be 80 per cent more energy efficient than the 1980s eight-storey structure it has replaced and is on target to achieve a BRE Environment Assessment Method (BREEAM) Excellent rating.

The mechanical and electrical services design provides energy-efficient heating and cooling systems that minimise maintenance requirements while meeting the expectations and demands of a new-build commercial development.

Sustainability was key to its development, with 50 per cent of the original structural mass re-used. This saved £1m in construction costs, also shaving eight weeks off the build programme and saved 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Skanska UK executive vice-president Paul Chandler, said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on 6 Bevis Marks and to successfully reach this important milestone.

“The development will become another iconic structure on the city skyline – and a notable addition to our portfolio of high-quality offices in the city, which includes 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and Heron Tower.

“We put together a specialist in-house team for this project that combined our skills in construction, mechanical and electrical services, piling, foundations and utilities.

“Working in such confined spaces, such as this city location, is always a challenge but it is one we have risen to, at the same time developing solutions which provide long-term value for money and environmental benefits.”

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