Phase 2 Podium Waterproofing

This is a copy of my piece on the above in the last BA Newsletter.

Phase 2 of the podium waterproofing is due to start Sept/October 2022 and last for approximately two years. The areas involved are Cromwell Highwalk, Breton Highwalk, Ben Jonson Place and the section of Beech Gardens not included in phase 1. 

These works are essential to stop water seeping into the properties below the podium namely the exhibition halls, the cinemas, restaurant and Beech Street.

But some good news here for those who feel the link building (“the Yellow Shed”) is a bit of an eyesore. It will be removed and once again the highwalks will flow as the architects intended.

All of the area is Grade 2* and listed building consent will be required right down to the tiles. However, unlike the first phase, many will be re-used. Vital to making the project a success is ensuring the drains are fully functioning. As anyone who walks around Beech Gardens after rain knows, paddling is often needed to cross areas of the tiles

CommComm is the PA company dealing with work. Arup the consulting engineers. The main contractor has yet to be appointed but Nigel Dunnett we be advising with planting, an important element of the scheme of course.

There is a huge potential for social value to be generated from the various contracts. However, I hope these will be short-lived.

Joanna Rodgers

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