Construction contractors often face issues of proximity to buildings and infrastructure – but the £31m redevelopment of 71 Queen Victoria Street, London, presented them in abundance.

Bouygues UK reaches new heights of planning excellence in City build

Construction contractors often face issues of proximity to buildings and infrastructure – but the £31m redevelopment of 71 Queen Victoria Street, London, presented them in abundance.

The eight-storey office building sits in the heart of the busy City of London, almost directly above both an electricity sub-station and Mansion House tube station – and therefore with sections of the District and Circle lines running beneath.

It was to require demolition of the building cores, new foundations and a new steel frame, as well as a complete internal refit.

Any contractor bidding for the demolition, building and fit-out contract would have realised that this wouldn’t be simple, with both access challenges and proximity to existing infrastructure.

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