Ames House, Piccadilly, London SW1Y

Ames House is a traditional brick built building six levels in height with pot and beam concrete slabs.

The project consisted of Asbestos Removal, Temporary Works, Hand Separation and removal of roof and penthouse, fifth and ground floor slab removal, installation of temporary support to the party wall and slab back propping to facilitate additional loadings.

Located on Dukes of York Street, the site neighbours included the Royal Institute of International Affairs and other government bodies. This formed the basis of many of the site and demolition constraints and party wall agreements. Tower Demolition began works with asbestos removal and subsequent soft strip and lift removal. Once the scaffold had been handed over, the roof and penthouse was removed by hand by operatives wearing appropriate PPE harnesses and fall arrest equipment.

Having removed the roof, a scaffold hoist was utilised to lift our 1.5ton mini machine onto the sixth floor having confirmed the floor loadings with our structural engineer. The removal of the fifth floor slab and ground floor entrance lobby was conducted by hand using our 1.5ton mini machine.

During the roof removal phase and prior to the demolition works commencing, the design and installation of temporary supports was completed by Tower Demolition and permit to load issued by our structural engineer. Once the demolition phase of Ames House was complete and new structural steels installed, Tower Demolition returned to strike the temporary support system that facilitated the roof and slab removal works.

This project has been completed to contract programme and defect free with minimal impact imposed on local businesses and government institutions.

Project Details


8Build Construction




22 Weeks – Phased



  • Asbestos removal

  • Soft Strip

  • Lift removal

  • Temporary Works Design

  • Temporary Works Co-Ordination

  • Temporary Works Installation

  • Hand Separation of Roof & Penthouse

  • Demolition

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