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Bridgewater Place

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Project Value

£110m

Client: Lend Lease

Type: Residential

Dominating the Leeds skyline, Bridgewater Place is the tallest building in Yorkshire and has held this record since being topped out in September 2005.

It is visible up to 25 miles from certain areas and is located on a 1.5 acre site, overlooking Granary Wharf. Bridgewater Place has 32-storeys; of which 2 are used for car parking, 10 for offices and 20 for residential apartments. There is 40,000 m2 of floor space in the building; with 200 flats and 400 underground car parking spaces serving both the residential and commercial areas of the building.

Munnelly Logistics was called in at the latter stages on this mixed development to assist the project team who were, at the time, experiencing logistical problems. In particular, focus was placed on the traffic management of the site; considering the site had been closed previously for near misses. Traffic management is one of the fundamental functions of a logistics package. Due to the location of the project, on the major entry route into the City Centre and also having a restricted unloading zone, a strict traffic management plan was implemented; with those sub-contractors choosing not to adhere to the system being sent away for later slots. After a demanding first month, the delivery strategy bore fruition and a functioning system began to benefit the site. At peak 80 vehicles per day were being delivered throughout a 24 hour period; in an attempt to accelerate the program against lost time.

By implementing a multi-skilled waste team trained as hoist drivers, as well as traffic and fire marshals, Munnelly Logistics carried out flexible operations on a 24 hour 7 day a week basis, as the program required. Munnellys streamlined poor Sub-Contractor practice and assisted in policing performance. Similarly to the Beetham Tower, the major challenges facing the Munnelly Logistics team was the amount of materials into the project and the waste out. Weekly meetings for both deliveries and waste management ensured that areas of high intensity work were pin-pointed and overflow waste vessels were in place, whilst full vessels were being removed.