Arundel Great Court, London WC2

Client : Waterway Properties
Value : £2.3 M


Duration: 32 weeks

Arundel Great Court was located in a very busy area of Central London, situated between Embankment Station and The Strand, with Arundel Street to the east and Surrey Street to the west.

The project consisted of the demolition of three independent structures comprising of two 9 storey office buildings and the Howard Hotel, all constructed in 1974 from reinforced concrete and hollow pot flooring with a stone clad façade.

Scope of Works

  • Demolition of the structures down to the top of the existing single basement slab.
  • The R&D survey revealed that 15 tonnes of asbestos debris had to be removed from the structures before the demolition works could commence.
  • Stage 1 of our project consisted of the soft strip of the structures followed by floor by floor demolition using mini machines with pulveriser attachments.
  • The works were supplemented with the use of a crawler crane to lift the plant from floor to floor.
  • At second floor level, we introduced our high reach machines with pulveriser attachments to enable the demolition of the heavy concrete structures down to the top of the existing basement slab.
  • As part of the demolition works, we were required to carefully remove and salvage 2000m² of Portland Stone cladding for reuse.
  • Throughout the project, close liaison was maintained with Westminster’s Construction Impact Team, regarding the position of perimeter hoardings and scaffolding, together with the location of temporary pedestrian footpath closures.
  • Vehicle access was established on the west boundary of the site within Surrey Street to enable the safe disposal of demolition arisings with minimal disruption to the local environment.
  • To ensure levels of noise and vibration generated from our works were maintained within agreed levels, we undertook base line noise readings and implemented a 24 hour noise and vibration monitoring strategy.
  • Each of the structures were fully encapsulated in protective Monarflex clad scaffolding to ensure the works were fully contained and segregated from the general public.
  • We employed the use of non percussive techniques whilst demolishing the structure with specialist plant and attachments.


  • This high profile and difficult demolition project was completed within program and the client’s budget.
  • Our strong relationship with the Westminster Council representatives proved very beneficial in assisting with both pedestrian and traffic management strategies.
  • Since the successful completion of the project, we negotiated a further £1.4m package of enabling works.