On Thursday 13th July, Andrew Gray, Mark Day, Mark Lacey, Jay Pearman, Kostas Dellas and Joe Rutledge attended the 8 Bishopsgate Practical Completion party.
The building achieved PC back on 19th June, but this was the formal coming together of the entire wider team and contractors who have worked tirelessly to bring the project to completion. It was good to see so many people who have been involved ranging from initial design to construction.
The project has been ongoing for more than of a decade, and the construction programme itself has had its challenges, weathering Brexit, the Covid-19 pandemic and the impacts of inflation and the war in Ukraine. It was great to see everyone let their hair down to celebrate overcoming these challenges.
The evening started with a reception in the ground floor lobby, followed by speeches from key figures in the project team including Stanhope and Mitsubishi Estates, which took place in the new auditorium event space. The Japanese ambassador himself even shared some words. The real party then started on level 26 in the recently finished restaurant and bar area which will be open for use by tenants as a café and event space. The entire amenity floor comes complete with a planted terrace and an openable external bar enclosed within the BMU housing. Attendees were also able to venture up to the level 50 viewing gallery which will be opening to the public soon.
The terrace at level 26 also provides great views of another Turner & Townsend alinea project, 1 Leadenhall, which sits just over the road from 8 Bishopsgate. It’s exciting to see the core and structure of this tower race up as well.
Having been part of the senior leadership team on the project, Mark Lacey and Mark Day were given special recognition and were awarded for their contributions to the project. Mark Lacey has worked on the project since 2013, and even sat in on the interview panel with Mitsubishi when interviewing prospective development managers.