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Topping out ceremony marks key construction milestone at Carmelite Riverside

A traditional topping out ceremony has been held to celebrate a landmark in the construction of the £25 million Carmelite Riverside development on London’s Victoria Embankment.

Morgan Sindall hosted the ceremony to mark a key milestone in the 135,000 sq ft development for Orion Capital Managers and Quadrant Estates. The project will transform the Grade II listed building, which was, for many decades, home to Associated Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Evening News and the Daily Mail.

The age-old Scandinavian practice of "topping out" is designed to protect the building and shield it from harm. During the ceremony, the final piece of concrete on the development was laid into place by Quadrant Estates director, Graham Tyler.

Graham Tyler, said: “The redevelopment of Carmelite Riverside has been a great success. The building will be completed on schedule this May when we will welcome Hachette UK, who will occupy the whole building. Later this year we will also complete 100 Cheapside, an exciting new building in the heart of the City of London”.

The characterful 1897 building, which lies within the Whitefriars Conservation Area near Blackfriars Bridge, has been undergoing extensive work to improve its flexibility, appearance and sustainability credentials. The project is due to complete in April 2014.

Designed by Fletcher Priest Architects, the building will offer individual 20,000 sq ft office floor plates, targeting occupiers from the West End, Mid-Town and the City looking for Grade A space. The project is striving for a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) Excellent rating.

David Diboll, operations director from Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to be celebrating a key milestone on such an ambitious scheme, which is breathing new life into this distinctive building.

“The development enjoys a premium position at the heart of Victoria Embankment, one of London’s most prominent property districts and we’re pleased to be bringing our experience in creating high quality, sustainable office space to this project.”

Ed Williams, partner at Fletcher Priest Architects, said: “Fletcher Priest is delighted Carmelite Riverside has achieved this important milestone. We are enjoying working with Morgan Sindall and have been impressed with the level of build quality they have achieved so far. We look forward to completion in May and for Hachette UK to begin their move into the building.”

The project team includes quantity surveyors Gardiner & Theobald, engineers WSP, and mechanical and electrical engineers Chapman BDSP. Project management on the site is by Second London Wall.


Pictured: Carmelite Riverside is topped out by representatives from Quadrant Estates, Morgan Sindall and the project team

For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email