Topping-out ceremony held as structure of eight-storey scheme completed

London South Bank University celebrated a milestone in its campus development programme on Friday, with a topping out ceremony for its Keyworth II building.

The ceremony marked the completion of the top floor slab and overall structure of the building, which is located on Keyworth Street at the centre of the university's Southwark campus.

Grimshaw Architects designed the eight-storey building, which will provide state-of-the-art new skills and office space for the UK university's health and social care faculty and facilities for sport and exercise science.

The development aims to be fully sustainable and will consume far less energy in comparison with other buildings of its size, without a need for boilers or chillers. It will make use of the thermal mass of the concrete structure together with cutting-edge ground source heating and cooling technology, in piling reaching 28m below the street through the London clay.

Contractor Kier is expected to complete construction of the building in autumn 2009.