Manresa Road

  • ClientMultiplex UK
  • Duration N/A

A sensitive demolition and extensive façade retention project located in the heart of Chelsea

Manresa Road, located in the heart of Chelsea, is an historic building which was formerly a hospital.

So that an exclusive development of sixteen luxurious apartments and one villa could be constructed by the developer, McGee provided a range of decontamination, demolition and civil engineering services.  This involved all demolition works and extensive groundworks; including the design and installation of a 300 metre length of secant piled wall, 250t of temporary steel flying shores and the excavation of 40,000m3 for a new basement car park.

Although the façade was retained through the installation of a bespoke structural steel frame support system that ran the full 100 metre length of the building, the developer had plans for a strikingly modern rear elevation.  The retained façade required the extensive temporary works to support the structure prior to incorporation into the main building.  The façade support was situated on a series of mini-piles which were constructed in a restricted working area.

Due to the sensitive residential location of the project, including an adjacent school, McGee maintained strict noise, vibration and dust monitoring throughout the life of the project.

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Services covered

  • Decontamination
  • Demolition
  • Civil Engineering


  • Residential

Scope of Work

  • Asbestos survey & removal
  • Removal of hazardous substances
  • Soft strip
  • Erection of perimeter scaffold & fans
  • Demolition of all structures & basements
  • Controlled demolition of upper structures
  • Design & Installation of structural decks
  • Façade retention design & installation
  • Design & Installation of basement propping
  • Excavation of basement
  • Processing & recycling scrap metal