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TVC’s East Tower demolished 3 weeks ahead of programme

McGee has successfully completed another demolition package at the iconic Television Centre in West London three weeks ahead of programme. 

The demolition of the East tower block (pictured above), which was once home to the BBC, comes as part of the extensive £400m scheme at the vast Television Centre complex in White City which will see the site transformed into a new mixed use development.

On behalf of the construction manager Mace, the project to demolish the 50 year old eleven-story tower block was awarded to McGee in late 2016.

Following completion of the scaffold erection, McGee’s scope of works included asbestos removal, soft strip, floor-by-floor demolition from the top down, installation of temporary works to basement walls, removal of existing foundations and installation of a piling mat.

An 11.5t capacity tower crane assisted in the movement of plant and materials in and out of the site.

Working in such close proximity of the Hammersmith & City Line was a key challenge for the site team, but was carefully managed through the deployment of a fully interactive real-time monitoring regime.

McGee’s sensitivity to the needs of the local neighbours throughout the works was also a key focus and the works were delivered without any disturbances caused.

Nick Taylor, McGee’s Director, commented:

“The completion of the East Tower project marks the end of an era for McGee’s presence on the Television Centre site, having completed a number of other major demolition and deconstruction packages as part of the redevelopment scheme.

“We are pleased to have delivered this latest project safely, efficiently and diligently in 30 weeks – three weeks ahead of programme and without the need for any weekend working.  The successful delivery of the project is a testament to our highly skilled and experienced demolition team.”

Adam Conyers, Mace’s Deputy Project Director at Television Centre said:

“I would like to thank the McGee site team in demolishing the East Tower so efficiently. Martin and Frank have provided a safe, tidy and efficient site and worked collaboratively with our team at all times to bring the tower down early and without incident.”