The demolition of Taberner House
16/01/2014 17:30:00......Posted by Lynne Hale
Hoardings will be going up around Taberner House this week in preparation for the demolition of the 1960s office block, formerly the headquarters of Croydon Council.
Starting in April 2014, the 19-storey building will be deconstructed one level at a time, until the demolition is completed around December 2014.
As the site is in the town centre, no explosives will be used, keeping noise, dust and disruption to a minimum and the works will be carried out on a floor by floor basis, starting from the top and working their way down.
First the building will be cleared internally (over a period of three to four months) ready for a mobile crane to lift demolition excavators onto the roof which will break away the concrete slab beneath them.
Once this opening has been made, the excavators will be lifted through the hole down to the next level and from this point they will break down the remainder of the floor above.
This will continue all the way down to the ground floor until the demolition is complete.
Throughout the works the site will be strictly secured with hoarding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists and minimise disruption.
More information on the demolition works will be available throughout the process at www.croydon.gov.uk/tabernerhouse.
The site will in due course be redeveloped and it is proposed to redevelop it as predominately residential use with commercial space on the ground floor. This should provide around 400 much needed new homes, including social housing and shared ownership.
The council expects to receive a planning application for the redevelopment of the site shortly.