One Bank Street, Canary Wharf, London

Project Details

Address: Canary Wharf, London

Client: Canary Wharf Contractors

Description: Architectural metalworks

Project Details

Stunning One Bank Street Tower, Canary Wharf Features Staircases Manufactured and Installed by PAD Contracts


PAD Contracts are delighted to have manufactured and installed six large steel flights of accommodation staircases for the stunning One Bank Street at Canary Wharf, London. This eye-catching new 27-storey steel framed tower is home to high-quality office space including three levels of ultra-modern trading floors, a retail unit at ground level, a freestanding retail kiosk on South Dock Promenade, public realm, and basement car and cycle parking.


The project required all PAD Contracts experience and knowhow to get the staircases manufactured, delivered and retro fitted into the existing shell and core construction. Following manufacture at PAD Contracts factory in Waltham Abbey the six large staircases designed required articulated lorries for transportation, with each flight of stairs weighing over 5 tonnes. The staircases designed by independent architectural, design and planning practice tp bennett were delivered to site over three Sundays to ensure minimal disruption to tower crane productivity.


Upon arrival on site each flight of stairs required lifting by tower crane to the fourth floor, where the buildings cladding was temporarily removed and ramps built over upstands, so the staircases could be wheeled into the building on ‘skates.’ The staircases were distributed to spread the load across the fourth-floor slab until PAD were scheduled back on site a couple of months later for the install. Each staircase was individually lifted through specially formed floor openings to each floor level with specialist lifting equipment on erected framework.


Each staircase features steps with beautiful oak cladding, structural glass balustrading and complementing oak handrail by PAD Contracts. Furthermore, the staircases benefit from LED lighting, specialist paint finishes and staircase voids clad with acoustic spandrel panels and linings.


Colin Ayres, Managing Director, PAD Contracts comments;


“We’re proud to have been involved with One Bank Street and being able to showcase our skills and experience in completing complex installations of this nature. One Bank Street is a very impressive building; it has a real presence in the skyline at Canary Wharf.”
Designed by world-renowned architects Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), One Bank Street will add further emphasis to Canary Wharf as a major London office and employment location, providing an additional 5,837 jobs.”


Société Générale, one of Europe’s most important European banking institutions occupies 1 Bank Street on a 25-year lease. Christophe Lattuada, CEO, SG London Branch, and UK Chief Country Officer Client – Canary Wharf Contractors on behalf of Societe Generale, commented;


“The Societe Generale logo on the Canary Wharf skyline is our statement of intent – reaffirming our lasting commitment to serving our clients in and from the UK.”


One Bank Street is an imposing tower, standing at 477ft it has been designed to achieve a BREEAM 2014 Outstanding rating. Work commenced January 2018 and was completed in December 2019.


PAD Contracts are architectural metalwork specialists and provide a range of high-quality solutions. The team has experience of working on a vast range of projects, mostly bespoke work on applications such as external and internal staircases, balustrades, gates, handrails, security screens, even bespoke sculptural artwork pieces!

For more information on our architectural metalwork, fabrication and installation services, contact us today.