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Laying foundations for the future

Laying foundations for the future

4 Aug, 2021

The first steel columns are now in place for new Fruit and Vegetable Market buildings, following months of work to prepare the ground for the new foundations.

For the last few months, the construction team has been excavating the foundations of the old buildings, taking care not to affect the South West Storm Relief (SWSR) sewer, which was constructed below the market site almost a century ago. Piling then began in June, which involves the insertion of concrete pillars to strengthen the ground before the new foundations are laid.

In the photo below, you can see the first steel columns, which were put in place this week.

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Removal of the East Link Bridge
In July, work began to build scaffolding around the East Link Bridge (pictured, right) to facilitate the removal of the glazing and asbestos insulating board. This work is on track for completion in October, ahead of demolition of the bridge. The external glazing (and therefore the centre scaffold) should be removed in three weeks' time.

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Work underway on the Apex site
Roadworks and drainage works have begun on the eastern end of the market site, where construction of the first building on the Apex development is scheduled to begin in mid-2022. VINCI St. Modwen plans to deliver 203 high-quality homes in Apex 1, as well as retail spaces. The consultation runs until 30 September 2021 and you can view the proposals and submit feedback online here: http://www.newcoventgardensite...

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