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50 Victoria Embankment

General Demolition delivered extensive demolition works at 50 Victoria Embankment, enable the building’s refurbishment.

Project Overview

General Demolition demonstrated all our engineering know-how and diplomacy during the demolition works for this prestigious London building.

The contract started with the soft strip of all five main floors, the lower ground floor and two basements,. Additionally, the plant room on the roof was included in the programme. After completing the soft strip, we began de-cladding the building from the fifth floor down to ground level. The ultimate plan was to re-clad the building in a darker stone finish that is more in keeping with the neighbouring buildings. Therefore, we removed all the external cladding and glazing so that finally, all that remained was the exposed columns and beams.

Demolition works - General Demolition.
Images courtesy of Fletcher Priest and Miller Hare

Scope of demolition works

The programme of demolition works comprised an extensive scope, including two glass atria, an architectural turret, six elevators and four stair cores. These elements required us to employ all our structural engineering and temporary works expertise.

The turret had to be supported and back-propped down to lower ground floor level. The removal of the stair cores also required the installation of considerable temporary works to prop the structural steel elements back to the lower ground floor. Our own engineering team designed and installed the entire temporary works scheme.


We processed hundreds of tonnes of material to facilitate the removal of both external and internal cladding and glazing. In addition, we removed over 65% of the roof slab. Crucially, this was completed without disturbing neighbouring buildings or causing delays on one of London’s busiest thoroughfares.

Traffic management was a key element of this project. We used a tower crane to remove all arisings out of the building. We deposited the waste in our compound in Carmelite Street, and processed as much material on site as we could. This minimises vehicle movements and disruption to local traffic.

Neighbourhood liaison

We were also mindful of the impact the demolition works would have on neighbouring offices. To minimise disruption during the demolition, we instigated a programme of noisy hours working, carrying out breaking only between the hours of 8 and 9 in the morning and 5 and 6 in the evening and on Saturdays when neighbouring properties were unoccupied.

We maintained an excellent relationship with the neighbours throughout the demolition works. Additionally, with Corporation of London, whose code of practice provided the overriding template for our works. In accordance with our safe working policies, we completed the contract with zero reportable incidents.


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