Emergency; Making Safe Works - 34 South Molton St - Phase 1

34 South Molton Street is located directly above Bond Street Tube station, on one of London’s busiest shopping thoroughfares. The buildings façades front both Oxford Street and South Molton Street. The building consists of 6 storeys with a basement and retail units at ground level. The buildings were used as serviced offices prior to a fire in 2008. The fire completely gutted the 5th floor and roof and subsequently the rest of the building was badly damaged with water from extinguishing the fire.

Following the fire we were appointed to carry out Emergency Making Safe Works, this included:

  • Isolation of all services
  • Temporary propping & shoring to upper floors
  • Strip out works
  • Temporary roof over building
  • Erection of a full access scaffold, gantry & hoist tower
  • 24/7 attendance works to engineers, insurance agents, TFL managers & consultants
  • Asbestos surveys
  • Opening up works to assess damage/condition

Due to the buildings prime location, this in itself provided its own difficulties for the external works and internal refurbishment. All deliveries and removal of waste had to be carefully managed and coordinated to meet specific allocated times set out by the local Council. These restricted times were rigidly adhered to throughout the project, constantly communicating with the local retail units to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum.

Maintaining and managing the highest levels of Health and Safety were of utmost priority. Following a competetive tendering process we were appointed as Principal contractor for this project. The scope of works involved complete re-construction of pitched roofs ensuring that all finishes matched those there prior to the fire as the building is located in a conservation area.

The external works consisted of limited brick and stone repairs, sash window repairs, re-glazing and redecoration. The internal works consisted of a full fit out of all floors, lift refurbishment and common parts refurbishment.