The Café Royal in the heart of London’s West End, was one of the most challenging deconstruction project in Erith’s portfolio. Many areas of the 9 storey building are listed, including: the façade, several internal rooms and vaulted sub-stations adjacent to the footpath which were situated just outside the parameters of the building.
Erith’s scope included the demolition of the majority of the internal structure, underpinning, protecting the listed areas and undertaking enabling works on the project to prepare for the news structural frame. Development of the temporary works engineering by Erith involved the use of 2 and 3D visualisation tools to assist in the complex sequencing of activities, this innovative method ensured the safety of 250,000 members of the public passing by the site every day.
Given the high profile location of the site and the difficulties in accessing the site a strict movement plan was put in place for vehicles entering and leave the site. This was produced in conjunction with other contractors operating at the site.