The Fruit and Wool Exchange, London

Client : Exemplar Properties
Programme : 74 weeks
Value : £9 M

Existing Structure & Location:

The Fruit & Wool Exchange and adjoining multi storey car park was situated along Brushfield Street which is immediately opposite Spitalfield Market.

The project consisted of the demolition of the 110m x 45m Exchange building together with the 110m x 40m multi storey car park down to the underside of the existing single basement and the excavation and construction of two further basement levels.

Most important is the retained façade to Brushfield Street detailed within the attached images.

Scope of Works

  • Removal of a substantial volume of asbestos and the structural demolition down to the top of the existing basement slab.
  • Installation of a complicated basement temporary works scheme to retain the stability of the existing perimeter basement retaining walls. Further basement temporary works to support the 12m long perimeter sheet piled wall.
  • Design and installation of an external façade retention system along Brushfield Street.
  • Careful excavation of the site with MOLA in attendance to remove 12 bodies within an old burial ground.
  • Design and installation of 350 linear meters of perimeter sheet piling with welded clutches.
  • The 8m deep excavation of the site requiring the disposal of 55,000 m3 of material and the import of approved fill material to allow the formation of the new raft slab.
  • Due to the sensitive location of the project a ‘Real Time’ noise, movement and vibration monitoring regime was installed immediately, to monitor the façade retention, the perimeter pavement, the sheet piles and neighbouring buildings at all times.
  • Construction of 2 large concrete culverts providing support decking to house the temporary substations and associated cables.
  • Incorporation of a demolition strategy to allow the existing Barclays Bank and The Gun public House to continue operation until possession.
  • Throughout the project extensive discussion and liaison with neighbouring businesses were held by our site management team to ensure that any potential issues were dealt with in good time. This included visiting neighbouring businesses to introduce ourselves, the issuing of regular newsletters, arranging monthly ‘surgery’ sessions and conducting brief presentations concerning when and how demolition works would be carried out.


  • Completion of the works with minimal disruption to neighbours and within programme.
  • Handing the project to the client earlier than planned.