Redevelopment of Cardinal Place, London SW1

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
January 2004
Nick Brown

This major 13 months’ contract comprised the asbestos removal and demolition of multi-storey office blocks known as Esso House and Glen House.  These were eight, ten and sixteen storeys in height and incorporated several commercial, retail and restaurant units along, and adjacent to Victoria Street, between Bressenden Place and Palace Street.

The contract also incorporated the demolition of a large piazza and the remaining suspended ground floor of Watney House and interlinking basement structures.

A notable feature of the project was the careful removal of overburden and the demolition /dismantling of massive steel and reinforced concrete transfer structures spanning the live London Underground District and Circle Line Tunnel located immediately under Esso House running through the basement.  As a consequence the specification called for extensive temporary works, protection, monitoring and specialist saw cutting and hydro demolition methods.