The iconic property, where Beatles Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Liam Gallagher were all married, is a Grade II listed building and required arrangements to be made to protect a number of heritage features. Vintage flooring and decorative items located close to the works were encased in plywood and corrugated plastic sheeting applied to surfaces.
Lack of space and its Central London location also made this project logistically challenging. The confined site provided little or no space for storing materials or wastes requiring a just-in-time delivery schedule to be implemented throughout the project's duration.
This demanding logistics exercise was exacerbated by the fact that the site was located in one of London's busiest intersections (Marylebone Road and Gloucester Place) requiring carefully planned transport management to schedule precise vehicle movements in and out of the site.
Even by West-End standards this was a challenging demolition project. Clifford Devlin rose to the occasion by devising techniques to overcome multiple obstacles such as confined space, transport limitations, neighbouring properties and the public interface to deliver a professional enabling works package.
Matt Heshmati, Construction Manager, Wates