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5 Merchant Square


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Client: Laing O'Rourke

Type: Commercial

5 Merchant Square is the iconic centre-piece of European Land’s Merchant Square. The 370,000 ft² mixed-use development is arranged over 14 floors and is set in the Paddington Basin; one of Europe’s largest regeneration sites.

5 Merchant Square continues the legacy of the 2 existing buildings, with the use of triangular shapes deliberately designed to complement the similarly shaped ‘Waterside’ and ‘The Point’, with a central red section running through it. Its large open floor plates, dynamic façade and the stunning full height glass atrium create an inspirational work environment at a prestigious landmark address.

Due to the scale and nature of the construction of this project, a coherent and fluid waste strategy was imperative if the service that was provided was to be successful.  Sub-Contractors were informed of their obligations, with regard to waste management, and were encouraged to minimise what was production where ever possible. This ensured that floor plates were constantly kept clean and that the site was a tidy and safe environment for people to work in. The aim of the waste management policy was not to reduce the Sub-Contractor’s responsibility but to monitor and police it, ensuring that the best possible practices were being upheld on site.

To maintain that this policy was being carried out, the waste team would distribute wheelie bins at suitable locations and in adequate numbers. By using wheelie bins, the team was able to have a variety of waste streams already segregated. The waste team would then transport the bins from the designated locations to a waste collection area, usually at ground floor. This waste would then be disposed of via a mobile compaction vehicle and then returned back to the designated area. This enabled a consistent flow of waste out of the project was occurring.