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Canary Wharf notches up safety awards for its City 'lean over' Walkie Talkie tower

PUBLISHED: 08:28 15 May 2015 | UPDATED: 13:14 15 May 2015

London's new iconic 'Walkie Talkie' office tower at 20 Fenchurch St [picture: Peter Matthews]

London's new iconic 'Walkie Talkie' office tower at 20 Fenchurch St [picture: Peter Matthews]

Peter Matthews

The quirky 'Walkie Talkie' tower block dominating London's skyline may look like it's about to topple, but it's really as safe as houses—and that's official.

Crossrail's new Canary Wharf station rooftop garden [picture: Nunzio Prenna]Crossrail's new Canary Wharf station rooftop garden [picture: Nunzio Prenna]

The construction arm of east London’s Canary Wharf Group which put up the “lean over” structure has won industry recognition for several building projects.

The latest accolades came at the 2015 National Considerate Constructors Scheme awards for the building at 20 Fenchurch Street in the City, shaped like a walkie-talkie field phone, which was built by Canary Wharf Construction in a joint-venture with Land Securities.

The odd-shaped tower near Aldgate received a Gold award for the third consecutive year.

It was also given ‘runner up’ in the ‘Most Considerate Site’ title, putting the project in the top 30 sites out of 8,900 entries.

Crossrail's Canary Wharf station... first train arriving 2018Crossrail's Canary Wharf station... first train arriving 2018

The company focused on local employment and training, including a job brokerage scheme with work experience placements resulting in offers of jobs and an on-site labour hire shop and a classroom for training courses.

The Crossrail Canary Wharf station due to open in 2018 that the construction firm also built with a unique shape, won a Bronze for the fourth year in a row with its rooftop garden.

“It’s not just about box ticking and crossing our fingers,” CWC chief Cormac Mac Crann said. “It takes a tremendous amount of effort and perseverance to get these kinds of accolades.

“Our sites and the communities around them are safer places as a result of intense participation and engagement.”

But it hasn’t stopped there, with two more awards from the industry in the same week.

These include the Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents’ Gold Medal, its seventh in a row, for occupational health and safety management.

Canary Wharf Group also received certification by the Forest Stewardship Council for its use of sustainable timber in the Fenchurch Street ‘Walkie Talkie’ construction site, one of only 80 projects globally to receive this accolade.

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