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.

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The panels that are being removed are going to be displayed at the V&A museum

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement - Wednesday 25th March

The Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening signalled the introduction of more stringent restrictions on us all and has specifically indicated that members of the public should only leave their home for very limited purposes. The message indicates that we should travel to and from work, only where this is absolutely necessary.

The management of the Downwell Group of companies which includes: Downwell Demolition, Inner City Environmental and Inner City Scaffolding has very carefully considered both the meaning and the spirit of the Prime Minister’s statement and whilst there has been some clarification from government subsequently that building sites could continue to operate, we came to the very clear decision yesterday that it was necessary for us, as a responsible contractor, to safely and securely close down our operational sites as soon as reasonably possible. Doing so will assist in maintaining the wellbeing of our customers, employees, sub-contractors, suppliers and the wider communities within which we build.

All sites have been closed down in a safe and secure manner and will remain closed until further notice.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all the key workers on the frontline who are continiung working for the good of us all.