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Queen’s Cinema

Our extensive temporary works and significant phased demolition programme enabled the transformation of this 1930’s cinema into a modern mixed-use development.

Project Overview

General Demolition completed the demolition of this 1930’s Art Deco style cinema within a densely populated residential area. General Demolition’s sensitive three-phased programme consisted of carefully planned temporary works and demolition services that honoured the building’s history.

The steel-framed building had a clear span roof width of 25m, tiered balconies, a roof-level projector room and a staged area. These works enabled the conversion of the unoccupied cinema into ground-level commercial units with 16 residential flats overhead.

Scope of works

General Demolition delivered the works in three phases. These included temporary works, roof and wall demolition, and then groundworks and pile probing for the following Contractor.

Firstly, Phase One involved erecting an external steel framework with four mass concrete kentledge blocks built from the pavement and an internal steel waling restraint system. Our team carefully removed the stained glass windows to allow for their refurbishment.

Next, Phase Two was carried out concurrently from the rear elevation of the building working towards the façade. Phase Two involved mainly sequential hand demolition work, in conjunction with 100 tonne mobile cranes. Then, use of 20 tonne excavators with muncher attachments at the lower levels.

Finally, Phase Three works involved further temporary works to retain adjoining properties and the peripheral three roads. This consisted of constructing thrust blocks, with steelwork struts and Mabey System propping. Then, we removed the ground floor slabs and basements before backfilling with compacted, crushed material.

The building on completion of all works including General Demolition temporary works and demolition programme.
Images courtesy of Stiff + Trevillion

Mini piling Terrier rigs were used to achieve the 6m depths required for probing, due to the close proximiity of the piles to the temporary structures.

The completed scheme included the reinstatement of the refurbished stained glass windows and the removal of adjacent telephone boxes. The professional team on this interesting scheme worked with Westminster City Council, returning this derelict building to the local community.

Read more about our temporary works and demolition services on our website.

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