Deconstruction of a building of architectural importance

Downwell Demolition are involved with the deconstruction and demolition of a wide range of building types. All of them have a unique history attached to them in some way or another.

An interesting project we are currently involved with is the deconstruction of a former laboratory in Surrey designed by the renowned architect Richard Rogers. He is a British architect noted for his modernist and functionalist designs in high-tech architecture. Rogers is perhaps best known for his work on the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Lloyd’s building and Millennium Dome both in London.

The deconstruction of a famous panel system building in Surrey

The building is of architectural interest because of Richard Rogers unique design. It is constructed of concrete panels with a fibre glass infill both sides filled with polystyrene insulation. The panels are hung by fixings onto a steel frame. More detailed information can be found in the two attached documents showing the original drawings.

Pitwood Park

Pitwood unbolted

The Deconstruction

Because of this we are deconstructing the building by removing the fixings and lifting the panels away from the metal frame.

The foam infill breaking away from the panels was the main concern on this project if demolished conventionally.

The site is located on a large housing estate and next to a mainline railway. Downwell carried out some community liaison work prior to the deconstruction taking place.

Due to the architectural importance of this building two of the panels are being removed carefully and going to the V&A museum.

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The Downwell Group provide Demolition, Enabling, Asbestos Removal, Remediation and Scaffolding Services to a wide range of clients in the Construction and Property Industries.

We would welcome the opportunity to tender for future projects.
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The panels that are being removed are going to be displayed at the V&A museum

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