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Rathbone Market

  • Project Status: Complete
  • Location: Canning Town, London
  • Client: Muse Developments


Squibb Group won a competitive tender to demolish the defunct Rathbone Market complex in Canning Town, East London. Working in close collaboration with the Client, ECf and Muse Developments, we developed a comprehensive and technically capable demolition strategy which was a requisite because of the urban nature of the site and its extremely close proximity to the A13 Canning Town Flyover ( a major vehicular arterial route into South London, close to City Airport ).

There was a substantial residents’ consultation process, as the site lies within a densely populated district in Canning Town and in addition to this, market traders and their stalls had to be decanted and re-located as part of the pre-construction demolition phase.

Works included the removal of large quantities of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs), with all arisings being either recycled for on site re-use or taken off site for disposal/recycling at our licensed facilities.

Key Elements

  • Controlled use of machinery & plant in a confined urban site
  • Security supplied
  • Asbestos removal


  • Complex nature of the demolition works being in close proximity to main vehicular carriageway.
  • 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.
  • Protection of retained electric sub-station building, in close proximity to demolition works.

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 structure being close to the vehicular carriageway.

We also designed all temporary works to the adjacent electric sub- station which protected this building form any adverse incident which may have arisen from the demolition works.