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Riverside South Construction Update

Although it appears to be a big hole to passersby, JP Morgan's future headquarters Riverside South, is continuing to take shape with ongoing preparatory works.

The big problem for the enormous development, as you can see from the image to the right, is that the site bounds the River Thames and the basement is substantially below the waterline.

To over come this and secure the perimeter of the site better, drilling rigs such as those already deployed on site that have been used to bore into the ground diagonally so that anchors can be fitted into place.

The anchors will be made of cables inserted into the boreholes through steel casings and then grouted in place once the steel has been removed. Stress is then placed on them and they are secured to the diaphragm wall with bolts and a load bearing plate.

This isn't a quick task to do as the contractors plan on setting 124 anchors in total around the edge of the site which will help strengthen it.

There is also the problem of existing structures under the site that they could end up drilling into and damaging so for these areas they have had to use soil berms instead that will be replaced in the future by metal props.

With the temporary ground anchors in place, Canary Wharf Contractors will next be able to do a proper and full excavation of the site so that they can finally begin building the actual foundations and basement of Riverside South.

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