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Construction Newsletter: June 2021

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Construction Newsletter: June 2021

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Update on the latest construction news on the Canada Water development

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This month we issued our first site-wide construction newsletter which provides an update on the construction activity taking place across the Canada Water development and what you can expect to see over the coming months. 

Works currently taking place on site  


In January 2021, our contractor Galldris started work to build a new modular campus off Quebec Way for higher education institute TEDI-London, a new engineering higher education enterprise, and they’ll soon be handing it over. All modular building units, an external staircase and most of the drainage are now installed. Internal works are taking place and are expected to be completed at the end of June, when external timber cladding will be fitted.

Indicative image of TEDI London

Former Rotherhithe Police Station 

Demolition of the former Police Station is underway and is expected to finish by the end of July 2021. Once demolished, and in the short term, this area will provide site welfare facilities for the construction of Plots A1 and A2.

Former Tesco Petrol Station 

Our contractor Keltbray is currently demolishing the petrol station and will then prepare the area for the construction of Plot A2. The demolition works are expected to complete by late-July/early-August with site preparation works continuing into late August. The site preparation works include reducing surface levels, soil and material removal and ground investigation work which involve digging trial pits and boreholes. This type of demolition activity does generate noise, dust and vibrations which is why environmental monitoring equipment is used to continuously monitor levels and ensure site activity is in accordance with the levels agreed with Southwark Council’s environment team. 

Upcoming Works 

Rear of Printworks site
From late June, Galldris will demolish two buildings close to the boundary of Quebec Way. In July, they expect to start to build a 10m deep basement for a new below ground electrical substation for UKPN which will meet the future electrical needs of the Masterplan, the wider local area, and reinforce electricity supply in other areas of the Borough. 

Surrey Quays Shopping Centre car park 
Galldris will be carrying out signal reconfiguration works at the junction of Deal Porters Way and Surrey Quays Road to facilitate works that will take place as part of Plots A1 and A2. The works will relocate a pedestrian crossing and will involve a lane closure in Deal Porters Way and a lane reduction in Surrey Quays Road.

Plot A1 
From mid-August, contractor Wates will begin to prepare the site for the construction on Plot A1, which will provide new retail space, workspace and 186 homes (including some intermediate affordable homes) within a 35-storey building. Wates will erect the site hoarding to be erected and the contractor’s cabins put in place on the former Rotherhithe Police Station site. Construction is expected to complete by summer 2024.

Plot A2 
From mid-August, contract Mace are due to begin preparing the site for the construction Plot A2 which will provide a new Leisure Centre for Southwark Council at ground and basement level, town centre retail and food outlets along the new High Street, and workspace at the upper levels erecting site hoarding and from mid-September, will install the contractor’s cabins within Surrey Quays Shopping Centre car park. Construction is expected to complete by autumn 2024. 

Plot K1 
Later this month contractor McAleer & Rushe are due to begin constructing Plot K1, when we expect site hoarding to be erected and the contractor’s cabins put in place at the end of Roberts Close. There will need to be some vegetation trimming to accommodate this. This will mean one footpath will remain open connecting Roberts Close to Russia Walk. Towards the end of July, McAleer & Rushe will start constructing this building. They are expected to finish construction of the building by summer 2023. 

View of Dock Office Courtyard community square, looking towards the new Leisure Centre

Keeping you informed 

British Land’s Construction Neighbourhood Liaison Manager’s role is to ensure that people living close to the site and the wider community are kept regularly updated and that any issues or questions are handled promptly. We will soon be holding Construction Liaison Forums for direct neighbours of the construction sites to discuss the upcoming works with the contractors. 

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