The Madison, a new residential icon

Thursday, 22 November, 2018


The Madison, a new pearl in the financial heart of London.

Designed by internationally renowned Make Architects, the Madison is a landmark, 53-storey residential tower, which promises to set new standards in London high-rise living, offering apartments with stunning view on Canary Wharf and the Thames.

A project financed by LBS Properties and built by Balfour Beatty to meet the ever-growing residential request in a quarter that is going through a great transformation.

The Madison will provide 423 new high level apartments, including 104 affordable homes; residents of the tower will enjoy a private club facility on the 16th floor, as well as a gym, one small cinema and a 12 meters swimming pool and spa.


The design is inspired by the fluidity of the surrounding docklands, animated by a fin-clad facade that creates a moiré rippling effect and a slender silhouette.

The slender shape of the glass tower will allow giving 70% of the site area back to the public, through large, lush biodiversity gardens and public spaces.

The luxurious interior design at The Madison by Make Architects can be found in all areas of the building: from the impressive double-height entrance to the detailing of the kitchens in the apartments themselves.

The thoughtful layout of each home maximizes floor space to create generous, light-filled rooms with expansive views over London, with many apartments also benefiting from balconies, winter gardens and external terraces. These highly efficient layouts, complemented by an outstanding specification, will also support capital value growth for purchasers.


The surrounding area is also undergoing widespread transformation with the provision of new shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, helping to transform this area into one of London's most sought after residential districts.

Project Video


Real-Time Animation of an Apartment Interior from the Madison Canary Wharf project by Make Architects and LBS Properties from AVR London on Vimeo.

The main issue in this project is the logistic: a huge volume to be built with restricted road accesses and almost no storage area.

Central to Balfour Beatty approach is the off site production of key components, those with the greater effect on logistics, such as bathroom pods complete with plants, sanitary fittings, fixtures, finishes and forniture, one whole storey heigh façade panels, M&E services modules (2.4 m x 1 m), which have led to significant programme time savings.  

The wide use of offsite manufacturing has also required the study and predisposition of clever access arrangements to the building site and powerful equipment to lift the bulky and heavy products up to the floors; in order to optimize site management, the cranes were supplemented by a common user tower, Colossus hoist (the largest of its kind in the market, is 5m by 3m in area and 3.1m high, with a capacity of 4,000kg)  and twin passenger and goods hoists.

The study of the delivery sequences has been a key activity of the project, because the prefabricated components must arrive on site and be installed immediately to reduce the permanence of conveyance on site. 

Due to these constraints, StercheleGroup has been called to collaborate with MAKE ARCHITECTS since 2016 to fit the bathroom pods’ technology for the project purpose, as strongly desired by Balfour Beatty, and contributed to this work with the design, production and supply of 487 bathroom pods with various finishing levels and 19 different models.



Browse the case history to look closely at the technical and organizational issues of this project that has rewarded the technological and qualitative level of our company. 


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