The Erith Group continue to break new ground in the demolition industry for 2018, following on from a 2017 that saw us rise to occupy the position of the World’s third largest demolition contractor and be recognised with a remarkable four World demolition awards.
This sustainable growth is achieved, in part, through a robust and diverse portfolio of projects. One of our current premier projects in London, ‘Project Macallan’, has recently seen Erith achieve another performance benchmark – the fitting of the UK’s biggest ever building wrap installed around a property.
Such a large-scale project, situated in London’s prominent Belgravia district, requires a demolition strategy sensitive to the requirements of the local area. With numerous high-profile offices, National Embassies and the Buckingham Palace Garden’s in such close proximity; Erith commissioned a building wrap to satisfy the prestigious location’s needs.
Working with Embrace Building Wraps, market leaders in the safe installation of printed building covers and hoarding, Erith fitted the largest ever building wrap in the UK, measuring 3,572m2. Printed with an image of the existing building, to minimise the visual impact of the project, this frame provides additional mitigation against dust and noise emissions; as well as wind shelter for those working on and visiting the site.
The impressive design incorporates eight separate extended banner frames, measuring just over a mile combined, to support the scaffold and retention system with 2,000 couplings and fittings. Over 800 metres of elasticated bungee is used to attach and tension the wrap to the frames for increased safety and environmental mitigation.
Project Macallan will pave the way for a new, state of the art medical clinic in Belgravia, London. This complex, multi-faceted scheme involves the soft-strip, asbestos removal, hard demolition, façade retention to three elevations, underpinning, façade column lowering, construction of a new basement slab, temporary works and excavation for a new attenuation tank. Our Group’s demolition, design engineering, sub-substructure, asbestos removal, haulage and health, safety and environmental departments allow the client a single source solution for project delivery.
David Darsey, Managing Director, commented: “With every new project undertaken, we continue to work towards improving the image and reducing the impact of our industry. Project Macallan is a complex scheme in a prominent area of London, and the installation of this largest ever UK building wrap demonstrates our commitment to setting an even higher benchmark in environmental and community sensitivity. Thanks go to Embrace Builidng Wraps and the Erith project team, who ensured the wrap was fitted safely and tailored to the requirements of this site and the surrounding area.”