Wentworth House Partnership was awarded the BCIA temporary works award for its work at Earls Court. The project involved the demolition of the EC1 and EC2 exhibition halls built in the 1930s and 1980s respectively. The works were carried out over six LUL tunnels and adjacent to the Network Rail West London Line.
The demolition and associated works were designed with technical approvals from both bodies. The demolition of EC1 entailed the demolition of an in-situ RC frame with a 15mx15m grid, requiring assessments of materials and plant to ensure the tunnels were not put at risk. Of note was the strand jack lowering of the main roof to provide a safe and robust demolition method.
EC2 demolition required the phased propping and removal of arched trusses directly over the West London Line involving plant assessments and temporary stability.
Following the main demolition, Wentworth House Partnership designed and assessed the working platform for the lifting out of the concrete transfer beams by a 2500T crane. This allowed excavation and plant loading immediately adjacent to LUL tunnels and other assets.