Having worked in London Docklands on a number of office schemes including Harbour Exchange and Canada Water, Frederick Gibberd Partnership were invited to join a team for the detailed desgin and construction of the tallest builing in Europe, from a concept designed by Cesar Pelli. Retained by Olympia and York as associate architects with their North American team, the role on this fast track project was to handle all UK issues of statutory consents, detailed design, British Standards and practice.
Once on site the Practice became lead consultants for the contract phase, including site monitoring. The project involved the centrpiece tower (1 Canada Square), Cabot Place retail, the Assembly rooms, retail basement parking and the new DLR system. Adjacent to the lower level DLR station is the small on site police station.
The curtain wall for such a tall builing on an exposed site was of crucial importance and Fredrick Gibberd Partnerships drafted the specification as well as being involved with the design development. Performance testing was carried out in the USA and the wind tunnel assessment was carried out in Canada.
Site review was carried out by the practice in association with a New York based inspection company. Extensive quality control procedures were instigated on site, in the sub-contractor's works in Canada and St Helens, and in the stainless steel pannel production facillity in Wales.