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February 2013 - Construction Progress

After a month of dreadful weather, it’s great to confirm that the wind, rain and snow hasn’t stopped The Leadenhall Building growing taller than the Gherkin.

So what’s been going on?

The main steelwork frame and precast planks are complete up to and including the 34th floor. and two of the four tower cranes have been removed.

On the North of the building the yellow steelwork tables have reached level 37, with the steelwork that forms the lift-shafts progressing between levels 26 to 33.

The strongbox – the part of the structure that provides the main stability – has progressed up to level 40.

Glazing operations are becoming more evident every day. The office areas of the building have two skins of glass with a maintenance walkway between them and this is now complete up to Level 11 on the St Helen’s Square side of the building. The staircase louvres are up to level 20, and the North core glazing has reached level 12.

A further two hoists have been added to the east elevation of the building.

Looking Forward

The glazing works are now the most visible operation from street level and they will continue to progress in the next few months. The main office glazing will progress to level 19 and the North Core glazing will reach Level 16. At the top of the building the steelwork will soon reach the attic levels where key sections of plant are housed.

A further two hoists will soon be added to the eastern side of the building to meet the demand for the additional number of levels being worked on and an ever increasing number of operatives on site.

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