Demolition case study - Thamesmead Estate

Date: 11/03/2020

Our demolition team on the London based Thamesmead Estate are moving from the Binsey Walk project to Coralline Walk on the same estate and one of our largest demolition projects in R Collard Ltd history.

As Thamesmead’s main landowner, our client, is driving the regeneration of Thamesmead in collaboration with the London Borough of Bexley, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London Authority and Transport for London. The redevelopment of the area will provide thousands of new homes and jobs together with associated leisure, cultural and commercial facilities. The Binsey Walk and Coralline Walk phase is only part of the overall redevelopment.

Scope of project

The project team will liaise closely with our client and various other public and private bodies to complete the 65 week project that includes the following works:

  • The buildings will initially be soft stripped before being demolished with a fleet of our own specialist demolition plant including our Hitachi 490 High Reach machine (Including removal of ground floor slabs, reinforced concrete substructures, concrete encased and piled drainage, surveying, recording and cropping of piles, crushing of masonry and concrete arisings).
  • Major asbestos removal works. It has been illegal to incorporate asbestos in buildings since the year 2000 but at the time Coralline Walk was built in the late 1960’s it was still in use. In financial terms, the asbestos removal forms a large part of our contract.
  • Disconnection and diversion of services including temporary and permanent hoardings. This project is similar to the earlier Binsey Walk project, in that it includes a large element of work to be carried out by national utility companies including the disconnection and diversion of gas, water, telephone, cable TV and electricity.

Key facts

  • Bats and Birds - the existing buildings and surrounding trees and flora provide a habitat for both bats and birds and our work has been scheduled to minimise the effect on these.
  • Control of noise dust and vibration - as with all demolition projects, noise, dust and vibration can be an inherent part of the work but it is controlled and monitored in accordance with various codes and standards to minimise the effects on the residents of Thamesmead.
  • UXO (unexploded ordnance) - numerous bombs were dropped on London during World War 2 but failed to detonate. Therefore the risk of UXO’s needs to be assessed by experts and dealt with under the risk assessments and method statements (RAMS) that we prepare.

Our site based team includes Simon King our Contracts Manager and Cristian Radu, Site Manager.

Duration: Current phase March 2020 to July 2021
Location: Thamesmead, South East London

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