35 Chancery Lane is a traditional office building in the centre of London’s Legal District, the existing building consisted of a basement, lower ground floor and seven floors. Chancery Lane is a one way street and there are several large construction sites along the road which made the project logistically challenging. To enable works to progress we had to obtain parking bay suspensions and dispensations for a cross over to allow us to cross the pathway and remove arisings from site. We were unable to set up an external site welfare facility on the scaffolding and or gantry and therefore had to build an area within the existing building. The other major challenge was a live pub under a corner of the building that had to remain open during the works on site and had services served from within No 35
The works were initially set up into two separate contracts and enabling works package that included for the asbestos removal and full strip out of the existing offices, these works also included removal and strip out of all live services and lifts. The contract period for this Phase of works was 12 weeks We then negotiated Phase 2 which was the structural demolition and associated temporary steelworks. This package included scaffolding, demolition of the top two floors, structural openings formed through the floors, external cladding removal and supply and installation of circa 50T of temporary structural steelworks.
The structural demolition was undertaken utilizing small driven plant ranging from 1.5t to 5t excavators and saw cutting existing floor slabs to reduce and vibration.
The demolition arisings were transported down to the ground floor and transported out of the building utilising the cross-over and parking suspension that we had arranged