Strata SE1, London

From Workstream Pulse, Spring 2014

Towering 43 storeys above London's Elephant & Castle district, Strata SE1 is a huge residential development offering over 408 apartments – a mix of studios, and 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views of the surrounding metropolis. Strata SE1 is also notable for a unique trio of huge wind turbines that help make this building one of the most sustainable in the world. Dubai based façade and glass package contractor Multiforms (now part of Brookfield Multiplex) commissioned Workstream to deliver a "full-service" staffing operation for the entire glass package on this flagship £113.5 million project. Over the two-and-a-half-year construction phase, Workstream supplied a workforce of over 80 personnel comprising project managers, site managers, engineers, QA managers, supervisors, installers and logistics team members.

On a clear day, the outlook from Strata SE1's apartments can be spectacular, revealing to residents and their guests a panoramic view of London that (from the upper floors, at least) is not for the faint-hearted. Celebrated landmarks such as Big Ben, the London Eye, the Tate Modern and St Paul's Cathedral can all be examined in tiny detail from above. Of course – as our picture (taken earlier this year from the nearby Shard) shows all too well – those views can occasionally be obscured by one of the capital's famous pea-soupers.