InterContinental London – The O2 & Arora Tower

The £22m project will see HE Simm deliver full design & build MEP works to the apartments, a separate 5* hotel and conference centre. Panoramas, pampering, entertainment, luxury and exclusivity – the apartments and hotel have it all.

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The Project

Works have started on the £125 million regeneration of 7.6 acres of the Greenwich Peninsula in London with a prestigious hotel and residential scheme. The centrepiece of the development, being carried out for Grove Developments LTD, will be the ‘The Intercontinental London, The O2’ – a 19 storey, 453 room, 5* hotel. The hotel is adjoined by a banqueting and conference centre with 4,800 sq metres of space for events and Europe’s largest pillar-free ballroom. The hotel will also offer leisure facilities including a health spa, several restaurants and a panoramic Sky Bar offering magnificent views of Canary Wharf and the River Thames. The development also includes ‘The Arora Tower’, a 24 storey development offering 147 apartments that can benefit from the hotel services. The £22m scheme will see HE Simm deliver the full Design and Build MEP services.

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Project Objectives

This development is created to be a ‘Beacon of luxury in the Capital’ as well as being designed to be sustainable to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards. To achieve this we have designed systems and plant, always considering the BREEAM credits standards. The supply chain has also been instrumental in achieving this from compliant VRV refrigerant gas systems to compliant insulation manufacture. The hotel is served by the district heating scheme, whilst the residential block is designed to achieve Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.

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Project Challenges

The fast track pre-construction phase had a challenging target of 4 months from appointment to starting on site, taking the design from BSRIA Stage D to Stage F.

To achieve this we managed the process very closely with our design partner and arranged detailed regular input from our Pre-Construction department, commissioning management, specialist CDP contractors, construction managers, installation drawing production and end users. The HE Simm approved supply chain process paid dividends in allowing the early appointment of key suppliers and specialists feeding into the coordinated MEP design.

The quantity/usage rate of bulk materials and their control presented a commercial and logistics challenge. Bulk material take offs were done from Stage E and, where available, Stage F design drawings by Area Construction Managers and supervisors. Take offs were carried out to suit the way the jobs were to be built, with drawings attached/marked up as a record. The bulk take offs were reviewed by labour-only contractors for accuracy and the materials were then called off by the area supervision through our Logistics Coordinator.

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The Results

The project is still ongoing and due for completion in the autumn of 2015.

Meet the Team

Jack Stabler, Logistics Coordinator

Jack has deployed his Army Reserve experience to bring a high degree of control to the ordering, call off, delivery and movement of materials, plant and equipment. From holding bulk materials stockists to account for the slightest error, to organising the successful offloading and final positioning of 8 tonne chillers. He has achieved a high degree of onsite cooperation with the principal contractor and has a very successful favour system in operation with other trade contractors.

In reference to the Balfour Beatty Group’s recognition of HE Simm’s commitment and support for a strong health and safety performance on this site:

“Please pass on to your project and business management teams and operatives, as you should be rightly proud of this recognition at the highest levels of our business, in particular our HS&E Director, Heather Bryant (former HSE Chief Inspector for Construction).

Well done, and keep up the continual improvement.”

James Saunders, Project Director, Balfour Beatty