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Skanska begin aquarium installation at the Heron Tower

Skanska has started the installation of the largest privately owned aquarium in Europe at the Heron Tower development in Bishopsgate.

The aquarium, which measures 12m long, two metres wide and four metres high with 230 millimetre thick acrylic, is so large it had to be transported to site on its side due to bridge height restrictions in London.

The unit was held within a steel protective frame and turned into its correct position on site. The frame was then removed and the aquarium was lifted onto air skates to install it in the entrance lobby.

It was then lifted onto a temporary plinth where the rockwork, artificial coral and the fish life safety systems will be installed. The whole unit will be moved into its final location beneath a steel lantern in late summer.

The aquarium will hold approximately 70,000 litres of water and will be home to more than 1,200 tropical marine fish imported from Heron Island, located off the Great Barrier Reef.

Development director at Heron International, Steve Evans, said: “The aquarium is a masterpiece of design and manufacturing, that fits perfectly with the high quality workmanship involved in all aspects of this development. Its arrival on site at the Tower marks another milestone in the property’s development. We are looking forward to Heron Tower’s completion in February 2011.”