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16 Sep 13 Lend Lease has chosen Far East Façade to design and supply curtain walling for its 37-storey tower bock at London’s Elephant & Castle.

One the Elephant, designed by Squire & Partners, is the centre piece of the £3bn Elephant & Castle regeneration project.

Far East Façade is the London subsidiary set up by Hong Kong’s Far East Global Group last year. The group’s international projects include the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Earlier this year Far East Façade won a deal to provide the curtain wall for the 71 Queen Victoria Street development in London, a project that is planned to complete early in 2014.

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Far East Group operates five production plants – two in China and three in North America – with a combined annual capacity of more than one million square metres of curtain wall. Product for One the Elephant will be fabricated at its facility in Alden, New York.

Far East Façade managing director Peter Walker said: “One the Elephant is a fantastic opportunity to further demonstrate Far East Façade’s capabilities in the UK market. We are thrilled to be an integral part of such a significant project for our client, Lend lease. This is an exciting challenge for our London team, with Squire & Partner’s design including some really interesting architectural elements, as well as being a Code 4 sustainability build.”

He added: “Far East brings to this project a track record of delivering technically challenging structures worldwide, combined with the advantage of having a strong UK project team backed by extensive global resources. Success in the UK market is mirrored across the group, with Far East Global Group 2013 order book showing a year on year increase of 170%. A series of major contract wins this year – particularly in the North American market – include a number of projects with big name UK and European contractors such as Laing O’Rourke, Bouygues and Skanska.”

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