Site Services, Royal Wharf, East London

Site Services, Royal Wharf, East London

About This Project

Murphy Surveys was responsible for the successful implementation of efficient and effective survey solutions on all four phases of the Royal Wharf site in Royal Docks, East London which would lead to being integral to the successful completion of the project. Royal Wharf is part of the large scale, multi-million pound development of 40 acres of riverside land on the North Bank of the Thames which will create 3500 new residential units including townhouses, arranged along new streets and around landscaped squares, a new high street with shops and community and commercial uses. It will also include fitness and leisure units.
The successful implementation of these solutions meant that all subsequent construction work could be accurately positioned and checked to the required specifications. Additionally, Murphy Surveys have been required to be present on site for the duration of the project, providing expertise in all site engineering works ranging from high precision setting out, to scan to BIM as built models. Quality Assurance is to be provided throughout the project in the way of continual checks on the relevant sub-contractors works. The works provided by Murphy Surveys are essential for the project to run efficiently and effectively.
Having satisfactorily completed the works in phase 1 so far, Murphy Surveys have been asked to carry out the same procedures during phase 2 and would hope to continue this strong relationship with the Ballymore Group into the following phases of construction.


Survey Requirements and Specifications

Murphy Surveys was required to verify the existing control network and install a robust control network surrounding the Royal Wharf site, away from any unwanted movement from the construction works. The control network would be the basis for the precise positioning of all proceeding construction works for the duration of the project therefore durability, accuracy and precision were essential. Murphy Surveys then set about observing the network in a closed loop traverse with multiple cross bracing, utilising the latest Leica Survey Instrumentation. The control network was then processed and analysed for handover. The network was to be checked on a regular basis throughout the project with any adjustments being made and dealt with immediately.
Throughout the construction, Murphy Surveys is also required to extend the control network into the site and up to the various floors of the relevant buildings. The highest building contains 16 floors. This is to be completed through a combined program of traversing and vertical transfer of control through the use of high power laser plummets.


Additionally, Murphy Surveys is required to:

• As-built scan to BIM for high detail design purposes
• Set out grid lines on all floors of all constructed buildings
• Install precise level datum’s on all floors of all constructed buildings
• Survey full as-built’s of the concrete framework on all floors of all constructed buildings
• Through continuous on site survey checks, provide quality assurance of all stages of construction setting out so the project would meet the required specifications
• Be on hand to produce any relevant site surveys and produce detailed drawings that would be required by the client to aid the successful completion of the Royal Wharf project


Key Statistics

• 40 acres mixed use community of apartments, retail and leisure, grocery store and community space
• 3,500 new homes
• A new high street with shops and community and commercial uses
• Fitness and leisure space
• Landscaped squares
• New Royal Wharf school
• New Royal Wharf pier
• Architects: Glenn Howells (Masterplan), Glenn Howells and Fielden Clegg Bradley (Phase 1)


Ballymore Group


Housing & Retail

Survey Type

Site Engineering


Leica Total Stations; Leica Digital Level; Geo-Fennel Laser Plummet


Property Services, Survey & Engineering