Demolition case study - Horlicks site in Slough

Date: 14/01/2020

Our demolition team started work at the Horlicks site in Slough at the start of 2019. The site was originally owned by Eton college until James Horlick purchased the land in 1906 with the original listed factory built and operational by 1908. Horlicks extended the original factory in 1969 and built various other buildings around the site, ranging from smaller factories, train sheds and air raid bunkers. The original site even had its own railway platform linked to the Paddington line for their deliveries.

The site is considered by most locals to be the most iconic building within Slough. The developer Berkley homes purchased the site and plan to build 3000+ homes on the site, planning was agreed on the 11th November 2019.

Our demolition work at this site started off with soft stripping and removing asbestos throughout all the buildings on site with structural demolition in November 2019 once planning was agreed. Once all the demolition has been completed we will set out and construct the pile mats for the new development buildings. The current project end date is October 2020.

The project comprises of:

  • Soft stripping
  • Asbestos removal
  • Structural demolition
  • Cut and carve demolition
  • Earth removal
  • Construct pile mats

Key facts

Project scope also includes:

  • Removal of two 30tn boilers from the boiler room in one piece to be sold and reused.
  • Demolition of all buildings except the iconic listed original main factory, we will remove the extended section and the roof from the original factory plus create a new atrium in the middle.
  • Removal of the iconic Horlicks sign safely from the roof which has to be kept.

Duration: 18 months

Location: Slough

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