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Manhattan Loft Gardens
       
     
S2 Handyside
       
     
No.8 East Village
       
     
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The Scalpel
       
     
Wood Wharf
       
     
Westferry Road Construction
       
     
East Village
       
     
Measham Brick Factory
       
     
Custom Brick Manufacturing
       
     
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Architectural Photography: Construction
       
     
Architectural Photography: Construction

Photography of construction projects and the documenting of various aspects of the UK construction industry.

Working with a number of clients in the construction industry I am often commissioned to photograph the intermidiate stages in a structures development, revaling the construction processess, materials and craftsmanship involved. This has included producing images for clients documenting the factory processes that go into manufacturing the materials supplied for construction. Construction photography of this kind has seen me work on anything from large-scale infrastructure projects to bespoke small-scale manufacturing processes.

Taking a keen interest in architecture and the built environment I often photograph many of the developments i come across in my daily travels. Here, in addition to my commissioned works, you can find a slection of photographs which document the changing architectural landscape of London as it entered it's construction boom in the first decades of the new millenium.

If you wish to hire a professional construction photographer (CSCS approved) to document a project you or your company have worked on please visit the contact page.

 

Manhattan Loft Gardens
       
     
Manhattan Loft Gardens

Manhattan Loft Gardens, Stratford, London.

Manhattan Loft Gardens is a multi-purpose 42-storey tower located in Stratford, London. When complete the building will contain a 150 room hotel at the lower levels with 34-stories of residential apartments situated above. The tower was designed by the American architectural practice SOM Architects (Skidmore, Owings, Merrill).

Standing at 143 meters in height the building is notable for it’s unique cantilevered design which will provide open, green spaces at intervals, accessible to the towers residents.

Developer: Manhattan Loft Corporation
Contractor: Bouygues UK 
Architect: SOM

S2 Handyside
       
     
S2 Handyside

S2, Handyside Street, King’s Cross, London.

Overlooking Lewis Cubitt Park, S2 Handyside is a new Grade A office development in King’s Cross, London. The building features 180,000 sq ft of office space spread over its 11 floors and has been fully let to Google. The building with its irregular shaped windows and shifting forms was designed by French architect Michel Mossessian and his London based architectural practice Mossessian Architecture.

Developer: Argent LLP
Contractor: BAM Construction
Architect: Mossessian Architecture

No.8 East Village
       
     
No.8 East Village

No.8 East Village, Stratford, London 2018.

The northern residential tower and the two lower blocks form part of the No.8 East Village development in the Queen Elizabeth Park. External work is almost complete and contractor Mace’s innovative ‘rising factory’ which was employed to construct the building has now been removed. A second tower, hidden from view completes the development.

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Developer: Qatari Diar Delancey
Contractor: Mace

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The Scalpel
       
     
The Scalpel

52 Lime Street, City of London, UK.

Named The Scalpel after it sharp angular form, 52 Lime Street is a 39-Storey skyscraper located in the heart of the City of London’s business district. Designed by the international architectural practice KPF, the 190m tall tower will become the European Headquarters for US insurer W.R. Berkley.

Developer: WRBC Development UK Limited
Contractor: Skanska
Architect: KPF (Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates)

Wood Wharf
       
     
Wood Wharf

Photograph of construction progress at the Wood Wharf development.

Creating a perfect symmetry with it's reflection in the surrounding Docklands water, Wood Wharf is a major new residential and commercial development on reclaimed land in the district of Canary Wharf.

The development, led by the Canary Wharf Group, includes a number of towers of varying hight, designed by a diverse selection of architectural practices, which include contributions from Stanton Williams, KPF, Allies and Morrison and the Pritzker Prize winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. The development, photographed here at its early stages, will be completed in a number of phases with building work proceeding into the beginning of the next decade.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Westferry Road Construction
       
     
Westferry Road Construction

Photography of the complex utility works at Westferry Road, Canary Wharf.

With the impending arrival of three new skyscrapers along Westferry Road in Canary Wharf an enormous effort was required by construction workers to reconfigure the utilities supplying the new buildings as well as alterations to the surrounding infrastructure. 
 
This photograph captures the works at night showing the complexity of the undertaking. With the enabling works now complete the three towers are beginning their ascent, dramatically transforming this area of the Docklands. 
 
Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

East Village
       
     
East Village

N08 East Village, Stratford, London.

Construction company Mace are embarking on an innovative method of high-rise construction in London's East Village as part of the Olympic legacy development. Two residential towers are currently being constructed using a 'rising factory' which aims to reduce noise and visual disturbance to the current residents, as well as allow work to continue undisrupted in adverse weather conditions. 

When complete the two towers rising to 30 and 26 storeys will contain 482 flats for rent via Get Living London.

Architect: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Developer: Qatari Diar Delancey
Contractor: Mace

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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Measham Brick Factory

Photography from Forterra's Measham brick factory tour.

Forttera are one of the largest suppliers of building materials to the UK construction industry. I was invited to document a factory tour arranged for the companies leading executives at their Measham factory. This photograph captures the visitors inspecting the conveyor belt along which raw materials are transported for the manufacturing of their bricks.

Client: Forterra

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

Custom Brick Manufacturing
       
     
Custom Brick Manufacturing

Photography of the manufacturing processes used to create custom made bricks at Forterra's Cradley factory.

Building materials supplier and manufacturer, Forterra, commisioned me to document the manufacture of bespoke bricks at their specialist plant in Cradley. The brief was to present the proceess in a series of photographs that reveal the various stages, hard work and craftmanship that goes into producing each brick.

Client: Forterra

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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Newfoundland Tower
       
     
Newfoundland Tower

Photography of the basement construction works and heavy machinery at the Newfoundland Tower site in Canary Wharf.

One of an increasing number of new residential skyscrapers rising in Canary Wharf, Newfoundland is a 60-storey tower with a unique cross-braced, steel exoskeleton encasing its slender form. Before the tower began its ascent complex and protracted enabeling works were undertaken to ensure its stability within the narrow site.

This photograph captures the difficulty of working on a site with such a small footprint, where piling machinery and diggers take up most of the avaliable space. These large tools are contrasted with the site workers giving a scense of scale to the opperation.

Photography: Copyright © Alex Upton

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