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Newington Causeway

Party wall matters at a high rise building and railway viaduct

Murray Birrell was appointed by a private developer to manage party wall matters relating to the construction of a high rise commercial building adjacent to a railway viaduct on a busy road in London SE1.

The project also involved the demolition of an existing bank, including removing the safe from lower ground level. The new construction involved forming a double storey basement and a 70 metre high apartment block on a very complex site. We had to negotiate Network Rail’s serious concerns about debris falling on the rail track, and also the potential problems of forming a deep basement and the removal of material. The outcome was a successful redevelopment in a challenging location, with party wall matters resolved successfully. 

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The viaduct spans Newington Causeway, a busy main road in Southwark, and consists of a series of brick arches supported by cast-iron columns. It was built in the mid-19th century as part of the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway's extension to London Bridge station. The arches were designed to allow traffic to pass underneath the railway, while the columns support the weight of the tracks and trains.

The viaduct was designed by the prominent Victorian engineer, Sir William Cubitt, and was completed in 1864. At the time, it was one of the largest and most impressive railway structures in London, and it helped to transform the city's transportation system. It is now a Grade II listed structure.

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