Tower Court

Project Status: Completed
Location: Lower Clapham Common, London
Client: London Borough of Hackney

Working as Principal Contractor; the demolition works to Tower Court has involved the removal of asbestos by our in-house team; the subsequent soft stripping of the residential units, and the structural demolitions, to and including slab and foundations.

Tower Court comprises of a 9 storey tower block and a 4 storey low rise residential block. Both blocks are constructed from reinforced concrete with brick cladding panels. Whilst carrying out the works; it was necessary to protect a live adjacent sub-station and the cables running to and from the sub-station. All arisings are being crushed to a 6F2 for use in piling matts. All services were terminated at the boundary where possible and all live retained services protected throughout.

This area of hackney is surrounded by residential properties; with the closest neighbours being a school and the local church. Regular newsletters; good public liaison; together with the use of pulverising techniques; dust busters and 2 hour quiet periods, have all but eliminated complaints and maintained good relations.

The site was on a busy main road so all deliveries had to be planned well in advance. The works entailed the removal of AIB Insulation board from the kitchen riser and 1st floor bedroom risers within all maisonette properties. The works entailed the asbestos division carrying out their removal program alongside the demolition soft strip team so that both teams could achieve their work targets to meet a tight deadline.

The ground floor maisonettes were accessed via a pathway at the rear of the building, this enabled the demolition workforce to softstrip and create a dropzone from the 1st floor without interaction with the asbestos workforce. The enclosure to the maisonettes were set up in each property over 2 levels and were of a difficult configuration.

The other works entailed the removal of AIB Insulation board from the bathroom risers and kitchen risers within certain properties of the main block.

The flats to the main block were easily set up but the logistics of the transit routes for waste and men proved difficult, this was achieved by liaison with the demolition divisions site supervisor as to what agreed times each trade could use the staircase.

Constant visual monitoring was carried out by an independent analyst to enable other trades to use the staircase after the asbestos division had used it ie visual inspection, air monitoring. Daily toolbox talks were undertaken before each shift so each trade were aware of the others location on site and what tasks they were carrying out.