In order to execute the deconstruction of the silo, Erith had to conduct an innovative methodology which has never been seen in the UK. Our methodology incorporated the installation of a hydraulic steel podium within the core of the silo; fully equipped with a remote demolition brokk to carry out the demolition in a grid-by-grid sequence. Attached to a mast climber within the core of each tower, the platform was elevated to various heights in order to achieve a fully controlled and safe deconstruction.
In an approach to safeguard and mitigate any environmental impact, the silo was fully encapsulated with fully monarflex scaffolding. The erection of the monarflex scaffolding ensured the integrity of the surrounding listed heritage remain completely unaffected - one of which included the oldest steel framed building in the world.
One of the key challenges of this project was to minimise disruption to the close proximity listed structures. To help minimise dust, noise and vibration of the works delivered, Erith implemented an environmental monitoring programme to review the impact of the demolition activity with subsequent reports available should any parties require copies.