The week commencing 13th March 2023 saw Keltbray open two of its sites to the public, hosting Build UK’s Open Doors event, taking visitors behind site hoardings to showcase our specialist capabilities to the public.

Ketbray’s sites at Museum of London and 2 Aldermanbury Square welcomed a variety of groups, including young adults interested in construction, aspiring engineers, and local communities.

Working with clients GPE and Lendlease, the session at 2 Aldermanbury Square started by briefing individuals on the current works and construction processes using digital modelling to illustrate the life of the project.

Groups also explored career pathways within the industry, highlighting the range of development opportunities such as apprenticeships.

Other points of discussion revolved around the project’s sustainability story. The deconstruction of the 10-story building shows a heavy dismantling and direct reuse rate of the steel structures and material, with 435 tonnes being reused directly on another project in the London area. Saving 6,756 tonnes of CO²e from being produced.

Nearby, Keltbray’s site at Museum of London also opened its doors to the Institution of Structural Engineers: Young Members Group, as well as local stakeholders from the surrounding community, which included residents and voluntary organisations.

The specifications at this project are highly technical and aim to retain and reuse as much as of the original structures and façades as possible.

The project aims to renovate Smithfield’s General and Poultry Markets into the new Museum of London.

Keltbray and its subcontractors saw a 60% preservation of the General Market and 70% of the Poultry Market, retaining as much of the buildings’ original structures. Some methods of working include the reinforcement of existing load bearing structures and the repair of historical brickwork dating back to 1860s.

On the tour Keltbray’s site manager highlighted the challenges within the scope of works, such as the basements interface with a live railway line and the discovery of underground historical salt vaults.

Attendees showed enthusiasm and interest over the sessions and found the opportunity to go behind the site hoardings “an exciting and insightful experience”.