48 Leicester Square, London W1

48 Leicester Square, London W1

Formerly known as 48 Leicester Square, 30 Panton Street is a nine storey, mixed-use building from the 1920s. It is situated on the west side of Leicester Square, one of London’s most iconic squares. The building was reconstructed following the designs of Make Architects in 2016, featuring a glazed curved mansard roof sitting above the retained stone façade, which has formed the building’s new focal point.

To support the project, Integral Cradles was appointed by main contractor Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd on behalf of developer Linseed Assets Ltd, to provide a single BMU with a reach of 11,750mm, which could be parked below 1,950mm height, and at the same time operate within tight roof space dimensions. This was successfully achieved using BIM design and innovation.

One challenge was for the BMU operatives to access the curved mansard roof and facade below the various recessed on level 6, for which a counterbalanced cradle, complete with adjustable facade rollers were provided.

In addition to the successful installation of the BMU and track system, due to the low parapet around the building, a safety line was provided so operatives can safely access the narrow, corridor-like perimeter of the roof.

Since the project completion, the equipment has been maintained, and is currently looked after by the manufacturer’s maintenance agent for the UK, GIND UK.

At a Glance

Date: 2016/ongoing
Address: 30 Panton Street (48 Leicester Square)
Client: Linseed Assets Ltd (contractor: Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd)
Current status – Integral Cradles completed construction works in 2016. GIND UK is looking after the ongoing warrantied maintenance works.

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