Walter Lilly were recently invited by our Client, W1 London Limited to attend the topping out ceremony of our 35 Marylebone High Street project.
Following a very complex temporary works and demolition sequence and the construction of the new double basement and challenging concrete frame construction the Client and our team were keen to mark the occasion of reaching roof level.
W1 London Limited invited guests to witness the ceremony and their Managing Director David Easson said a few words before handing over to their Chairman and principal funder Sir Peter Wood. Walter Lilly’s Managing Director, Andrew Crispin, gave a quick speech enlightening guests on the history behind the significance of a topping ceremony. The official ‘topping out’ ceremony itself was then conducted, with Senior Project Manager Bob Byrne assisting Sir Peter to trowel in the final bed of concrete into a hole left in the roof slab, before Andrew Crispin presented Sir Peter with an engraved silver trowel to commemorate the occasion.
For Walter Lilly, the tradition of topping out is something we are always keen to preserve. Whilst it formally marks a significant stage in any project, more than anything else it announces and celebrates that someone’s vision has become reality and that a worthwhile job has been well done by everyone involved.
On completion, the project will see a total of 19 apartments and 5 townhouses completed with high-end luxury finishes throughout.