Senior Site Manager John McCormack, from Barratt London, has been recognised by the National House-Building Council for his exemplary work at Great West Quarter in London.
The multi-phased project has witnessed the construction of 13 tower blocks comprising an array of discount market scheme units and private apartments over a period of 12 years.
The last structure to be constructed on the site is West Gate House and it is this building that caught the NHBC’s eye. Premier Construction Magazine caught up with John McCormack to find out what it means to be an award winner:
“It means a lot to be involved with this scheme and win an NHBC Pride in the Job Award as I have been in the construction industry since I left school at 16 and have managed to work my way up from a tradesman to a Senior Site Manager. It has been a long, 22 year journey and so to get recognised for my hard work is amazing.
“The buildings on the site have evolved as times gone on and it is nice that West Gate House is the last building on the site; it is the cherry on the cake. The building backs onto the M4 in Brentford so anyone coming in and out of London can see it; it always puts a smile on my face when I am driving to work to see that we have changed the London skyline.”
John said that the development it has been a real triumph in the area as it has boosted regeneration in the surrounding locale. Barratt London has acted as the main contractors on the site alongside designers Assael for the past 12 years constructing just under 1000 units across the whole site.
West Gate House spans nine storeys and comprises 83 one and two bed apartments and is the last of the residential units to be built in the Great West Quarter, which backs onto the M4 motorway.
It has been constructed with a reinforced concrete framework and contains a double basement car park with aluminium cladding on the outside. The team did encounter some challenges due to the complicated nature of the construction of the external façade, which involved the completion of a lot of difficult elements.
The team had to construct an insulated mech tech wall, before fitting brackets on to the ground holding bearers that aluminium panels were then screwed into.
Arguably the main feature of the award winning West Gate House is the ten storey atrium space attached to the end of the apartment block. The atrium boasts a unique living wall which begins on the first floor and stretches up to the tenth storey with a different theme at each level.
An impressive 15 metre bamboo tree was also planted in the 14 metres by ten metre atrium and rises through the length of the building, which was a complex task for the onsite team.
Situated in between West Gate House and The Tower; a 26 storey glass building on site, a partially external communal area has been constructed. The space is covered by an ETFE roof and is another innovative feature to the site.
Each of the 83 flats has a winter garden comprising an outside tiled area and sliding external door.