Mace uses Powerproject Enterprise for Construction at the Shard
The Shard, an iconic tower on the London skyline is a “vertical city” with 590,000 square feet of world-class office space, a hotel, restaurants , luxury residences and public viewing galleries.
At 310m, the building is now the tallest in Western Europe.
Mace, as main contractor, saw the complex programme through from conception to completion.
To help meet the challenge, Mace required a programme and project management tool that could handle significant technical challenges and that would be flexible yet robust enough to take on such a huge construction project.
As well as Mace’s expertise from large-scale global projects they chose Powerproject to help them drive the innovative solutions required.
Demolition and subsequent works were carefully planned and innovative methods were adopted to find the fastest way of delivering the project.
Top-down construction allowed the sub- and superstructure to be worked on simultaneously, saving time on the programme.
The result was that Mace implemented a “jump start” of the core, even though the technique had not been used before on a building of this scale, which meant that work on the core and steelwork above ground could go ahead while the core continued to be built downwards into the basement.
Mace also introduced the “jump-lift strategy”, a self-climbing elevator system that provided an alternative to exterior hoists which improved the efficiency of the construction allowing operatives and materials to be efficiently and safely distributed around the project, which this had not been done before in Europe.
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