As one of the world’s busiest cities and a focal point for business, technology and architecture, you’d expect London to be moving at a fairly swift pace when it comes to construction. It is indeed moving at a consistent rate, with new buildings popping up around the city, some in a conventional style and some following an eye-catching, extraordinary design philosophy. Despite some obstacles being presented by Brexit, the construction industry in London shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has recently announced his plans to double the amount of new homes being constructed in the capital, from 33,000 to 66,000. As well as doubling the overall total of new homes, it will double the housebuilding targets for the following boroughs:
Sweeping panoramic sunset across the River Thames at London Bridge, reflecting the illuminated skyscrapers of the City, the office buildings of the Embankment and the futuristic towers of the Walkie Talkie and the Cheesegrater in the heart of the UK’s vibrant capital city.
The Mayor claimed there are currently “too many penthouses” being built and not enough affordable houses for “ordinary Londoners”. The aim is for 65% of the new homes built to be classed as ‘affordable’, which The Mayor says will not be possible for the private sector to achieve on its own.
In terms of the monolithic structures for which London is renowned, Paddington is the next site of the city’s latest cloud-bothering building. The Gateway Building, as it will be called, is being designed by the architectural firm Carmody Groarke on behalf of property developers British Land. It’ll be 113 metres high, boast a luxury hotel, cafe, bar, restaurant and retail spaces, creating 500 jobs for the people of London.
One of the most prominent features of the project is the proximity to Paddington’s new Crossrail station, with the basement of the hotel expected to provide access to the Elizabeth Line, which connects Reading with London and Heathrow.
These are just two of many construction projects that will take place in London in the near future. From new homes to towering, glistening office blocks and apartment buildings, the demand for premium real estate in the capital is stronger than ever. This is only good news for the concrete industry – without concrete, your building project is going to struggle, regardless of whether you’re building a few terraced houses or a structure that leaves The Shard in the shadows.
The importance of choosing the right concrete for your project cannot be overestimated – it’s crucial to everything from the initial construction to the long-term health and safety of anything that stands upon the mix. At EasyMix, we are proud to be a leading provider of the highest quality concrete for customers in domestic and commercial markets across London. For more information, please get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.