• 23 April 2021

Major development on Ropemaker Street reaches milestone as basement levels ‘bottom out’

Waterman is delighted that 20 and 22 Ropemaker Street has reached a major project milestone, seeing the development ‘bottom-out’ and reach its deepest point, ready for construction of the three-storey basement to begin.

Upon completion, the 27-storey building will rise 128 m above Moorgate in the City of London, punctuating Islington’s skyline with its striking truncated design. By creating 450,000 sqft of Grade A, BREEAM ‘Outstanding’-certified offices, with 10,000 sqft of premium retail space and over 20,000 sqft of external terraces, the completed scheme will become the London Borough of Islington’s largest ever project.

Working alongside developer, Great Elm Assets Ltd, and principal contractor, Skanska, Waterman’s team is providing structural, geotechnical and environmental consultancy services for the £240m scheme. We are also liaising with Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and party wall consultants to ensure the smooth delivery of the development at this bustling City of London location.

Magic Circle multinational law firm, Linklaters, has secured 310,000 sqft of prime office space at the Ropemaker Street development to create their new HQ. Our structures team has worked with Old Park Lane Management, CO-RE, Great Elm Assets Ltd and Make architects to incorporate Linklaters’ requirements into both the building contract and enabling works, bringing all required enhancements up to RIBA Stage 4 in a very short timeframe, protecting the scheduled completion of the scheme in mid-2023.

Waterman’s infrastructure and environment specialists successfully closed out all demolition and enabling works planning conditions relating to Network Rail, Crossrail, London Underground and Thames Water. To deliver this, we planned and executed a ‘submission and approval’ strategy to suit the construction programme. Submissions for these key approvals were based on our iterative foundation design, responding to specific structural and geotechnical aspects. The successful completion of this process resulted in significant savings for the piling scheme, reaping benefits in both costs and programme.

Waterman’s Director for Structures, Julian Traxler, said: “I’m delighted to see 20 and 22 Ropemaker Street reach this important project milestone. Our team has been heavily involved with facilitating and designing the scheme’s below-ground works, and we look forward to seeing the new structure being erected now that excavation and piling are complete.”

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