Case Study // Ladywell Leisure Centre


Ladywell Leisure Centre was constructed in the 1960’s and was situated in the prominent location of Lewisham High Street. The gym remained redundant for a long period of time and the Council authorised it’s demolition in early 2013 to pave way for designation of mixed-use development, including both retail and residential premises.

Ladywell Leisure Centre was situated on a congested part of Lewisham High Street; located to the north of the site was a fire station, to the south a plant hire shop and the south-east a nursery. The Leisure Centre itself comprised of a two storey frame structure that contained two swimming pools within the main structure. Also contained within the structure was a single storey basement that accommodates plant, storing chemical/chlorination chambers and filtration vessels for the swimming pool use. The basement also contained an electrical sub-station and oil tanks.

Scope of Works 

Erith’s sequence of works throughout the duration of the project included:

  • Design and Erection of Perimeter Hoarding
  • Site Investigation Works and Structural Surveys
  • Service Isolations and Disconnections
  • Temporary Works
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Strip-out of all non-structural elements
  • Structural Demolition
  • Regrading of Site Levels

Demolition was carried out via a combination of mechanical and hand demolition due to the structural make-up of the building. On completion of the demolition works, Erith crushed all demolition arisings to produce a geotechnical fill which was utilised to backfill the swimming pool voids.


Party Wall The structure included a HSS plant hire shop party wall. In order to mitigate the cause of any damage to the party wall, Erith opted for the use of hand demolition.

Live sub-station to ensure protection of the live sub-station situated on site, Erith installed a crash deck constructed using scaffold boards and ladder beams. The crashdeck was encapsulated within flame retardant monaflex and preserved until the demolition sequence had been completed.


Project Goals

  • Work completed within contract programme
  • Project completed within the desired contract budget
  • 98.6% of demolition arisings recycled