Challenges and Solutions
Traditionally reserved for Chinese royal palaces, all of the cladding and architectural materials for the gate were shipped to Britain from China. The oak and red pine for the new structure were sourced from a single mountainous area near Beijing.
Chinese contractors, brought to London by the LCCA especially for the project, completed the architectural and cladding works.
Adam Barnes, Senior Contracts Manager at FM Conway, explained:
“FM Conway oversaw the project management of the final stage, using an interpreter to communicate with the Chinese teams. The Chinese operatives spoke a number of different dialects, so it was crucial that everybody could understand what was going on to ensure the safety of all on site.
“It was also important for us to liaise with locals to keep them safe and minimise disruption. Restricted working hours ensured that any noisy activities were not conducted before 10am and we allowed local shops and businesses to put their signs and banners onto our hoardings to reduce disruption to their trading.
“The project exemplified the spirit of collaboration which the gate represents, with local residents and business owners even making Chinese pastries and tea for the team during the works!”
Once in place, the FM Conway team then completed paving works underneath the structure. The scheme was safely finished in time for Chinese New Year in February, with the gate centre-stage of local celebrations.