Gascoigne demolition progressing to programme

Our work with Wates continues in Barking on the demolition of residential blocks at Gascoigne Estate.

Demolition in Barking

If you go down to Barking these days, you will see construction work everywhere as regeneration takes place on the famous Gascoigne Estate.

The 1960s Gascoigne estate, situated between central Barking and the A13, was once widely regarded as one of the borough’s least desirable addresses and originally consisted primarily of 17 high-rise blocks. In the early 21st century the Council devoted considerable effort to make improvements to the estate, as part of the overall regeneration of Barking town centre.

As is the case with a lot of similar estates, plans were put in place to redevelop the estate, which meant lots of demolition and construction.

The Tower Blocks were predominantly panel system buildings which have to be demolished using the deconstruction method. Initially, one of them we believe was taken down by high reach, but given the closeness of other buildings, this was deemed unsuitable by the Council.

The estate also had a lot of low rise blocks. Downwell is working with our client Wates close to Barking Creek on some of these blocks.

Work is progressing to the programme as you can see by the above pictures. Dust and noise monitoring are critical due to the closeness of the adjacent buildings as well as scaffolding protection.

Both Inner City Scaffolding and Inner City Environmental have carried out supporting works on this project.

We are delighted to be working with Wates in Barking and Dagenham after completing our first project in Havering for them.

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The 1960s Gascoigne estate, situated between central Barking and the A13, was once widely regarded as one of the borough’s least desirable addresses

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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.