Case Study // Stephenson Street – ODA

Erith were employed by the London Development Agency to carry out the demolition of a former Parcel Force distribution centre – once the largest parcel distribution building in Europe. Erith were appointed by the LDA as one of five demolition contractors for works to be completed as part of the Olympic Park and surrounding areas.


One of the main constraints encountered throughout this project was that parts of the site remained operational throughout. As a result, Erith implemented vehicle and pedestrian management systems to maintain levels of safety and ensure that operations could continue uninterrupted. Scaffold sheeting and temporary crash decks were deployed to ensure safety to pedestrians and vehicles was maintained at all times. Erith appointed a dedicated contact to answer any queries and advise on alternative vehicle and pedestrian routes put in to place.

Works were completed under National Grid high voltage power lines. In order to mitigate any potential hazards that could arise from this, significant planning and briefings were held with Royal Mail’s management and Industrial Relations team. Noise, dust and vibration data was collected daily and made available to the Environmental Health Office.

Additional Works

In addition to the demolition works, Erith built a new car park, installed street lighting and constructed new roads and a new HV network as part of the interim site re-configuration. Erith’s asbestos removal division removed 25,000 square metres of AIB ceiling tiles with 60 qualified asbestos operatives and 10 supervisors on site at the peak of the project.