Harry Handelsman’s Manhattan Loft Corporation recently topped out on its 143-metre Manhattan Loft Gardens. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed tower in Stratford is one of London’s tallest resi structures, and posed some novel challenges for the construction team from Bouygues UK…
Manhattan Loft Gardens will deliver 248 apartments across the 42 storey double-cantilevered tower, as well as three sky gardens, two restaurants, two bars and a boutique hotel.
The tower recently came under fire from Historic England, the Royal Parks and more for compromising the much-cherished view of St Paul’s Cathedral from King Henry’s Mound in Richmond Park. That view has been a favourite of the capital since 1710, when an avenue of trees was planted to frame the vista of the dome. MLC responded to the criticism by saying that “Despite going through the correct planning processes in a public and transparent manner, at no point was the subject of visual impact to St Paul’s ever raised by the ODA or GLA”.
Fabienne Viala, Chairman of Bouygues UK: “Reaching this milestone on such an ambitious development is a significant achievement, highlighting our technical expertise and the benefits of our collaborative approach with other Bouygues Group companies. We look forward to continuing to work with Manhattan Loft Corporation as we bring this exciting project to life.”