General Demolition were contracted to begin extensive strip out and enabling works at 334 Oxford Street, an iconic building with a hypnotic kinetic façade covering the entire exterior.
The building has been home to the Debenhams flagship store for many years, and it was our responsibility to restore the building to its shell, preparing it for future use.
Scope of works
We began with an intense planning period prior to works. The seven-storey building covers a total of 31,731.5m2 and boasts a stunning glass atrium. Our priority was to ensure we could carry out the works with minimal disruption to the surrounding businesses, including a live neighbouring hotel. Our clear and frequent communications nurtured strong relationships with neighbouring businesses. This was a crucial element to the smooth-running of the project.
We erected hoarding around the site perimeter and secured the site from unauthorised entry with 24-hour site security. All General Demolition sites are COVID-19 secure with daily temperature checks, sanitising stations and social distancing measures in place throughout.
The works involved a full internal strip out back to shell, the removal of all non-structural elements and internal fixtures as well as the mobilisation of effective and safe asbestos removal processes. We were responsible for the deconstruction of twelve escalators, 7 access lifts and the removal of plant and equipment from the roof via crane lifts.
With the careful adaptation of the kinetic façade, we constructed a first-floor scaffolding gantry to facilitate efficient, rapid removal of waste. We are extremely proud of our in-house waste management process utilising our own environmental resource park to ensure that over 95% of waste across this project was recycled.