JCB Broadcrown Power Products

Broadcrown design and manufacture 4 x 2280kVA generators for the `Walkie Talkie`, 20 Fenchurch St. Video

In 2008 the1968 built 25 storey tower block at 20 Fenchurch Street was demolished to make way for an new 36 storey state-of the-art building which would dramatically change the London sky-line.

The new tower block has been nicknamed the 'Walkie Talkie' and 'the building with more up top' due to the unique design of architect Rafael Vinoly, where the building increases in diameter as it rises up to the 36 floor.

When completed, the building will become home to office and retail units with a 'sky garden occupying the top floor which will be open to the public, offering a panoramic view of the City of London from a 160M view-point.

In 2011 Broadcrown secured the contract to provide 4 x 2280kVA generators providing stand-by power to the site. The generators are housed in a bespoke acoustically treated 30M long enclosure positioned on the roof of a 4 storey annex adjacent to the tower.
In addition to lifting the equipment onto a 4 storey building, the generator enclosure sits on rows of piers, so pin-point accuracy was essential.

Following a successful factory test Broadcrown production staff broke the equipment down into transportable components for delivery to site by a fleet of 18 lorries.
Many of the vehicles were oversized.
We worked with the Metropolitan Police and City of London to carefully route these vehicles to site.
Due to the Olympic and Paralympic Parade taking place in the city centre, the Metropolitan Police issued a revised list of road closures including many of the roads allocated for our routed vehicle, just days before the intended delivery. This delayed our schedule by a couple of days and presented a challenge to our transport and installation department.

All was resolved and the installation programme was confirmed to begin Tuesday 11 September 2012.
On-site construction is now complete

Follow the on-site construction as it happened- all in the space of 4 minutes

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