Project Title

Sovereign Court


Appointed by the Berkeley Group to deliver a package of works for both Phase 1 and Phase 2. The project consisted of 2 levels of basement and 4 tower blocks, the highest, which stood at 11 storeys.


The Berkeley Group
Main Contractor:
St Georges
72 weeks
  • In-house design expertise - producing innovative designs to overcome complex ground conditions,
  • Tracks were robotically monitored during the excavation process,
  • Strong leadership and attitude towards Group safety culture (LIFE) on site, resulted in no major incidents on site.

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Project Overview

Joseph Gallagher was appointed by St Georges, part of the Berkeley Group to deliver a package of works for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the development scheme.

The project consisted of two levels of basement and four tower blocks, the highest of which stood at 11 storeys. Joseph Gallagher were involved in highway management, coordinating and providing layby only access for deliveries, utility installation including UKPN power supply and drainage connections to highways as well as engaging with key stakeholders given the close proximity of residential dwellings and rail network surrounding the site.


Due to the development being bounded by the TfL Strategic Network Road and London Underground assets, we needed to ensure we considered settlement effects at all times. A monitoring action plan was agreed upon in advance with London Underground, combined with a defined framework for pre-set trigger levels, where three movement tracking regimes were implemented. Maintaining a regular interface with Network Rail really helped strengthen the level of engagement required.

Another significant challenge successfully overcome by Joseph Gallagher was the building footprint itself taking up the entire site. This was overcome by taking a single lane closure along a side street and utilising it as a layby for just on time deliveries, which were pre-booked using an electronic system for schedule deliveries. The layby was controlled by full time traffic marshal’s and expandable pedestrian traffic barriers.

The site itself was also in the midst of inner city dwellings, which meant all noise, dust and vibration was monitored daily, with monitoring reports regularly presented to the client, the local Council and key stakeholders.

Ensuring the team were punctual, highly productive and delivered to set deadlines was managed successfully by our PM and Site Manager. This allowed us to keep within our programme of works whilst working under tight constraints.

Added Value

  • Joseph Gallagher were able to utilise Group assets to gain greater efficiency for the client - including plant/crane hire and specialist design services.
  • Proactive management of procurement prior to works commencing secured savings on long term fixed prices for high volume materials.
  • Skilled workers and highly experienced PM led to an exceptional standard of quality being delivered and commended by the client.

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