Ironworks tops out ahead of schedule

14 August 2020

After commencing our groundworks and six-storey reinforced concrete frame package for Esh Construction in November 2019, we are thrilled to have topped out at The Ironworks Leeds one month ahead of schedule.

Ironworks is a 0.35 hectare site located in Holbeck Urban Village and upon completion will comprise 51 luxury apartments, 2 penthouses and 15 townhouses.

A whopping 2500m³ concrete and 300 tonnes of reinforcement were required for this project, and at its highest point the development measures a sizeable 22 metres.

This scheme marks the first time Howard Civil Engineering have worked alongside our client, Esh Construction, and - despite challenges posed by COVID-19 - the results are truly magnificent.

The Howard Civil Engineering team ahead of the final slab pour at Ironworks last week.

Allan Irvine (top centre), senior project manager at Esh Construction, complimented the quality of work: ‘Although this is our first major project with Howards [Civil Engineering], I’m pleased to say that both teams have worked well together on site. The scheme so far has been a huge success and Howard Civil Engineering have shown that not only are they able to adhere to Esh’s values of enhancing local communities and supporting local charities, but they also share the same values. This has been a key factor in helping our companies work side by side at Ironworks.’

Commenting on how the team approached the obstacles created by COVID-19, project manager Patrick Furlong (top left) gave high praise: ‘The whole site team has embraced the new health and safety measures really well. We [Howard Civil Engineering] did initially experience problems with our supply chain at the start of lockdown, however this has since vastly improved and we’re now firmly back on the road to the completion of our works at the end of the month.’

Undertaking our final slab pour on the sixth floor of Ironworks last week. Photo: Esh Construction.

‘I would most certainly be happy to work with Howard Civil Engineering again,’ he continued. ‘This proactive can-do attitude has not only created a positive work environment for everyone but has also enabled us to top-out one month ahead of schedule. It truly is a testament to everyone at Howards [Civil Engineering].’Allan echoed Patrick’s comments: ‘Everyone on site approached the situation with a positive attitude and worked together to keep one another safe. We have regular socially distanced toolbox talks and everyone plays their part in ensuring guidelines are adhered to.’

The Ironworks Leeds is estimated for completion late 2021. Read more about our work on this project here

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