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Precast piling to help fast-track Greenwich hotel construction

Balfour Beatty has said that modular construction methods, including use of precast concretepile, are to be used to speed up its construction work on a new hotel on the Greenwich Peninsula.

Groundbreaking on the 452 room, five star Intercontinental London The O2 hotel took place on Friday and is due to open in 2015.

The 19 storey hotel complex will cover an area of 3ha and include 4,800m2 of space for conference and events and Europe’s largest pillar-free ballroom.

According to Balfour Beatty, off site construction and use of precast piling is key to delivering the scheme for Grove Developments within the two year construction period. “For example, the hotel and apartment bathrooms will be constructed off-site as individual modules before being installed on-site and pre-cast piling will save time in construction as well as reducing environmental impacts compared to traditional methods,” said the company.

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