CSL On Site for Structure Tone at Fruit and Wool Exchange


As one of the largest recent refurbishment developments in the City of London, the Fruit and Wool Exchange was completed in April 2018 and provides 320,000 sq ft of office and retail space. The new building has been creatively inserted behind the retained façade of the former London Fruit and Wool Exchange and has become a prime location in historic Spitalfields.

The office element is fully let to legal firm Ashurst, who require some alterations to the existing layout to meet their future requirements. CSL has been appointed by Main Contractor, Structure Tone, to undertake these highly technical structural alterations, which include the infilling of existing atria, service riser penetrations and the installation of a new feature staircase.  

CSL commenced on site this month, the team has been working in close collaboration with the Main Contractor and the Structural Engineer during the planning stage to contribute to the overall design. There are several logistical challenges to consider, mainly due to the fact that the building has already been finished to a very high standard in the communal areas. The structural alterations require a large amount of breaking out works to form the new service risers, and CSL have designed the temporary works and propping to ensure that the existing building is supported and protected throughout.  Large amounts of steel will need to be brought through the building, the heaviest lift being 15 tonnes. These lifts will need to be carefully coordinated to ensure there is a safe and clear path, and to protect the high-quality finish of the existing building.  A flexible approach and the ability to work in collaboration with both the other contractors and the current building users will be critical.

It is essential for the end users that the works are finished by a specific date, and so CSL are establishing a fast track programme to ensure we meet this requirement.  This involves identifying all critical milestones and carefully planning each element.

CSL’s Business Development Manager, Niall Farmer, commented, ‘Our ability to undertake the highly technical structural works, whilst managing and coordinating the logistics will be essential in ensuring an excellent result. Our team is looking forward to working in this high-profile new development, to help create a space which perfectly meets the needs of the new occupants.’

Niall Farmer