Located within the St. James conservation area, 8-10 Waterloo Place is a building of Grade II listing. It offers five upper floors of office space and a basement, as well as a ground floor and mezzanine which were previously occupied by a large commercial bank.
As the project was situated in a high-end area of London with nearby 5-star hotels, it was crucial to strictly manage and adhere to site maintenance, working time restrictions, waste transfers, and site operating logistics at all times.
The client's request was to completely strip out the vacated tenanted office space occupying five upper floors, as well as the previously tenanted banking space on the ground, basement, and mezzanine levels.
This involved removing all internal finishes, including metal pan ceilings and fixtures, partitioned walls, raised access floors, and MEPH installations to return the space to shell and core. The demolition of the bank vaults, constructed from a mix of brickwork and coil reinforced concrete, was also included in the works. Only the main vault door was retained as an architectural feature. To accomplish the demolition, we used specialist Brokk robots craned through a lightwell into the basement.
The main vault was secured with a 50mm welded steel box, which required specialist burning teams and ventilation equipment. We also overcame the challenge of removing a number of heavy-duty bank safes by winching them through the same lightwell, which required extensive planning.
The project was further complicated by significant notifiable ACM contamination throughout the building. To address this, we implemented a comprehensive removal and encapsulation package that was brought forward as a variation to the contract. As the project was located in a prestigious area of London with 5* hotel neighbors, we had to strictly manage site maintenance, working time restrictions, waste transfers, and site operating logistics at all times.
- Strip out to shell and core
- Notifiable ACM removal package
- Bank vaults and safe removals
- Noise and vibration monitoring
- Listed building consent
- Robotic demolition, drilling & bursting, concrete cutting