Coal Drops

  • Contractor – BAM

  • Architect –  Heatherwick Studio

  • Developer

  • Sector – Commercial

  • Value –  £3,000,000

  • Completed –  August 2018

  • Details – Built in the 1850s, the Coal Drops were for receiving and sorting coal as it arrived from the north of England by train. Designed to handle the eight million tonnes of coal delivered to the capital each year, these extraordinary structures were a feat of Victorian engineering. Opening to the public on Friday 26 th October, Coal Drops Yard will be home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafés. The cobbled streets and Victorian brick arches will house a wonderful and unexpected mix of individual, independent shops together with well-known Brands.
    The most complex feature is the new ‘kissing ribbon’ truss roof, made up of twenty bespoke tubular modules, which were sub-assembled on the ground into eight modules for construction. Support to the roof during constriction was provided by twelve temporary trestles. The new roof provides a continuation of the existing slate roof and will connect the East and West Coal Drops at upper level via a suspended floor.
  • Scope – Removal of flooring, joists and beams
    Reinstatement of primary beams and joists,
    Installation of new plywood flooring and reinforcing with steel angle plates and brackets
    Repairing and reinforcing trusses with steel braces and brackets
    Temporary prop work to support trusses and chimneys while repairing
    Installation of Louvre Timber arch infills and cladding
    Gable end cladding
    Installation of internal plywood and oak peel soffit to the ‘Kissing Ribbon’ roof
    Task master door sets covered with cladding
    Timber door and frame installation
    Restoration of 6 heritage arched sliding sash windows
    Installation of 3 large windows to the south anchor viaduct units
    Installation of new joists and plywood mezzanine level flooring
    Joining existing roof to new roof
    Shop front cladding using Kebony Louvre panels
    Installation of oak cladding strips to underside of roof