Piling work starts on £250m ‘triple towers’ project

Piling work in progress

Work has begun on the piling for the foundations of the first of three new residential towers that are set to dominate Liverpool’s skyline.

Elliot Group’s Infinity project will see more than 1,000 new homes built on the corner of Pall Mall and Leeds Street on the northern edge of the city’s business district.

The scheme is valued at £250m and, says director Elliot Lawless, more than £3m “has already been poured down a big hole” by contractor Vermont in earlier foundations work.

“Vermont have been beavering away behind the hoardings for weeks now, but with the piling rig arriving on site this is the first time that passers-by will be able to see activity for themselves,” said Lawless.

Two piling rigs will drill concrete piles up to 18 metres into Liverpool’s sandstone bedrock, and will be on site for eight weeks.

Substructures are progressing well and the in-situ concrete frame will appear above the hoardings in July.

The 39-storey tower – the tallest of the three – will rise to 436ft above sea level and provide 416 new homes.

Commenting on the challenge of building such a tall structure, the chief executive of Liverpool-based Vermont Construction, Mark Connor, says after months of design development and planning he is looking forward to making progress: “We’re building a number of very tall structures so we’re familiar with the challenges posed by such a project.

“It’s an exciting development and we’ve got an international team providing their expertise which is a testament to how far we’ve come in such a short space of time, and we are very proud to be delivering a building that will have such a positive impact on my home city.”

Work is scheduled to take 32 months to complete.