This 10-storey building located in the heart of London's Theatreland district, is being redeveloped into an upgraded office development with retail space and underground parking. To maintain the historical character and continuity of the area, a façade support scheme was required to retain the existing listed stone elevations on Aldwych, Kingsway and Drury Lane.
As with most projects of this complexity we prepared an animated schematic presentation based on photography and architect’s drawings to illustrate the deconstruction methodology to the project team. We liaised extensively with Westminster Council to obtain permission for temporary road closures, traffic diversions and closure of footpaths to enable the tower crane to be delivered/erected.
The façade retention scheme was supported on piled foundations due to the existence of a large diameter service tunnel associated with the former Victorian tram link. The roof level Cupola and other listed stone features were carefully dismantled and removed to a storage facility, to be cleaned, repaired and rebuilt at a later stage.