Challenges of an iconic construction project

We are going to prepare a diary that tells the story of the construction of the Queen’s Wharf apartments and Riverside Studios complex on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith, London.

We seek to capture the story of this iconic project from the demolition of the Riverside studios and long disused factory through to final completion of the complex.

The project is literally on our doorstep, just 200 metres from our Hammersmith offices. The British Safety Council has had a presence in Hammersmith and Chiswick going back to our early years and we continue to have an interest in helping to create a thriving economy in our locality and one that is underpinned by social andenvironmental responsibility. Mount Anvil shares this ethos exemplified by the company’s firm undertaking to create jobs for local residents.

The Queen’s Wharf/Riverside Studios development, by Mount Anvil and Fabrica by A2Dominion, will comprise 165 individual residences and the born-again world-renowned Riverside Studios. The development, which got underway earlier this year, is due for completion in late 2017.

We think there is a story to tell about the challenges the development faces and how these are met and we will do so using the words of those involved in developing the construction project, those living in the locality and those who will eventually live and work here.

There is another reason why we have alighted on the Queen’s Wharf/Riverside Studios. We are proud to have Mount Anvil as one of our members and we have worked closely with Mount Anvil’s health and safety director, Simon Walker over a number of years. Simon and his colleagues, including Colin Brown, senior project manager at Queen’s Wharf agreed with the idea of a regular diary capturing the life of the project.

Mount Anvil is already doing a great deal to engage with the local community including regular meetings with the residents, frequent newsletters and providing accessible channels of communication to facilitate dialogue and listen to concerns.

This is not an easy project. As Colin observed “The biggest challenge will lie in building the studios. The basement studios have got to be separated, acoustically, from the rest of the development. We will be working closely with our steelwork and framework contractors to put quite complex engineering for the studios’ roof together.

“The vision is to enable people to live alongside the studios but not be impacted by noise. The studio can’t have noise from above and people living there can’t have noise from below.”
For our diary we will carry out regular interviews with key personnel involved in this project and publish these through our social media channels, our website and occasionally in Safety Management magazine. It will include testimonials, pictures and videos of the project, especially those which capture how the health, safety, environmental and community challenges are being tackled.

I leave the last word to Simon speaking of the importance of maintaining good relations with the community: “Mount Anvil is focused on legacy – creating homes that people are proud to live in and have in their communities, which ultimately enhance London’s world-class reputation. We are going to be here a long time and we want to make sure that Queen’s Wharf fits the Hammersmith community, their expectations and their wants.”

Neal Stone
Acting chief executive
British Safety Council