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July 20, 2020
Cantillon were appointed by British Land to undertake the full soft strip and low level de-clad works package for 1 Finsbury Avenue. The building is situated on Finsbury Avenue with the rear elevation forming part of the Broadgate Circle which is being developed into prime retail and office space. With 7 storeys of listed façade above ground and 2 basement levels, the building forms an integral part of the Broadgate estate.
Cantillon’s scope included the removal of M&E back to the risers at each floor level, asbestos removal, with soft strip back to structure and de-cladding of the low-level stonework to the façade whilst protecting the heating façade system for later use.
Work began on site in August 2017 and the contracted works were completed in January 2018.
During the latter stages of the project the scope was increased to include the removal of redundant plant, plant room and associated services to roof level. This phase 2 work was completed as an extension to the original contracted works under phase 1 and were completed in line with the extended programme in April of 2018.
Internal scaffolds to the upper and lower atriums were erected to soft strip and remove all related cladding, glass balcony partitions and associated services as the individual floors were completed.
Goods and Personnel lifts were protected and utilised for the transporting of material for disposal to the loading area at ground floor throughout the duration of the works, with an additional external hoist erected within the building’s lower atrium to remove plant and equipment from the 2nd floor, originally used as the building’s control centre for services.
One of the key challenges to the project whilst working on multiple levels, was to undertake and successfully soft strip of the structure back to the risers, with additional care taken to remove redundant services around live service runs that were maintained throughout the duration of the works.
This was overcome by working in collaboration with the appointed M&E contractor to ensure that isolation procedures were handed over to the soft strip crews with absolute confidence that they were safe to remove.
Other challenges included the demolition and removal of blockwork walls within the lower basement gym. A conveyor was installed at the lowest level, to transport waste materials to the loading area at ground floor via the basement level.
With logistics for removing material, plant and equipment from site being restricted to two lanes of traffic within the loading area, a steady flow of material from site was maintained throughout the works, without impacting on any other follow on contractors.
Works included, the removal of plant & associated services at roof level, along with the dismantling of a large steel framed plant room. The materials were broken down into manageable pieces and transported across the roof, to the ground floor via an external hoist to the loading bay. A steady flow of waste material was removed from site in this way, without impacting on any follow-on contractors’ deliveries/collections on the project.