Sampson House

  • ClientNative Land
  • Duration 2018 to date


Developer Native Land appointed McGee to undertake the structural demolition of Sampson House located at 64 Hopton Street in the London Borough of Southwark in December 2018.

The existing building was constructed in the 1970’s and is arranged over 9 floors including 2 basements.  Works for the scheme are being executed over a 60-week programme and are due for completion in December 2019.

Our scope of works includes soft strip, asbestos removal, temporary works, and structural demolition.

The brutalist building, designed by the Fitzroy Robinson & Partners, was originally a cheque-clearing station for Lloyds Bank when it opened 40 years ago, before later being leased to US computing giant IBM as a disaster recovery facility and data recovery centre.

With the size and scale of the structure in mind, McGee has designed its temporary works to enable 20 tonne excavators to be used for this top-down demolition. Where possible, we are using concrete pulveriser attachments on the excavators to demolish the structure to help keep noise outputs as low as possible and minimise disruption to neighbours.

McGee is also currently working on neighbouring Ludgate House.  Together, Ludgate House and Sampson House form a redevelopment project known as Bankside Yards.

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.

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Services covered

  • Decontamination
  • Demolition


  • Residential
  • Commercial

Scope of Work

  • Soft strip
  • Asbestos removal
  • Temporary works
  • Structural demolition