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84-88 Upper Richmond Road

  • Project Status: Complete
  • Location: London
  • Client: ART Estates Ltd

Description

This project involved the strip out and demolition of a 10 storey 1990s built office block located in a highly constrained urban setting. Working in close collaboration with the Project Manager, Gardiner & Theobald, we developed a comprehensive and technically capable demolition strategy which was a requisite because of the constrained urban nature of the site.

The site sits in a triangular site and is bounded on all three sides by main arterial transport routes. Directly to the West boundary, is the exposed section of the District Line. The Northern boundary is formed by the Mainline rail connection from Clapham Junction and Eastern boundary formed by the southbound spur of the same line to Wimbledon. As an additional constraint, the southern frontage is a busy vehicular route in South London and is the Upper Richmond Road section of the South Circular Road.

Works included the removal of large quantities of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs), careful demolition of the building, with all arisings being taken off site for disposal/recycling at our licensed facilities.

Key Elements

  • Isolate/disconnect all services
  • Erect all hoarding
  • Fully scaffold the office block
  • Remove all asbestos
  • Strip out building
  • Liaison with the London Underground/TfL/Network Rail

The site is in close proximity to business and residential areas as they are located in the central business district of Southend.

This is why a workdown method was the demolition option chosen. A careful risk assessment was produced to minimise disruption to residents and business owners alike.

Challenges

  • Complex nature of the structural elements.
  • With only one usable access point available to us, delivering machinery and removing demolition arisings had to be carefully choreographed to ensure vehicle and pedestrian traffic at the front and sides of the site were not disrupted.
  • Highly restricted site access / egress

How we made a difference

Working collaboratively with PGCS, our in-house structural engineers, we produced demolition methods statements and solutions which made allowances for the 1990s structure having been built against a main railway line.

Our fully accredited Rail Management Team are fully qualified to co-ordinate our takedown and had a productive and collaborative relationship with the Asset Protection Managers representing Network Rail and we created highly technical method statements demonstrating how we could utilise high reach machinery in the building’s takedown without additional risk to the various rail viaducts surrounding the site.