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McGee gets green light to demolish Ludgate House

McGee has been given the green light by Native Land to carry out the structural demolition of Ludgate House, located next to Blackfriars Bridge in the London Borough of Southwark.

Worth circa £4.2m for the demolition phase of works, this is another major contract win for McGee.

Initial demolition works on select areas of the site were completed in October 2016 as part of a scope of enabling works.  McGee is now back on site as the appointed Principal Contractor to carry out the deconstruction and demolition works of the existing 173,633 sqft, 10-storey 1980’s commercial building.

Following the erection of the site’s tower crane in July, scaffolding around the perimeter of the site is now well advanced and internal soft strip works and removal of waste materials is ongoing.  McGee is now preparing to begin the structural demolition works in September and expects to complete these works in March 2018.

McGee’s highly experienced and knowledgeable team is also currently giving advice on a follow-on enabling package of specialist ground works.

Nick Taylor, Director at McGee, said:

“This is a high profile site nestled between Blackfriars Station, the Thameslink viaduct and Blackfriars Road red route and it has taken a great deal of planning and coordination with investment partner and development manager Native Land and the project team, NWR, TfL, Southwark Council and our supply chain to get things to where we could complete all required planning stages and agree the logistics for the project, and finally commence on site.

“We have been involved with Native Land in this planning process from an early stage and this is a great example of early engagement between client and contractor.”

Jay Squier, Development Director at Native Land, said:

“We are excited to work with McGee to commence works on this landmark riverside development, which marks a significant step in the ongoing enhancement of the Bankside area.”

Ludgate House and Sampson House together form a 1.4m sqft redevelopment project by an international consortium comprising, Temasek, HPL and Amcorp Properties, with Native Land acting as investment partner and development manager to the consortium.  The commencement of the structural demolition works signifies a crucial step for the project.

The scheme will create a destination neighbourhood comprising cultural, retail and leisure amenities as well as new office space and housing which will be linked by extensive public open spaces.  It will reconnect the space between the Tate Modern and one of London’s major transport hubs, Blackfriars Station. The London Borough of Southwark will also benefit from a substantial contribution towards further housing within the Borough.