No explosive ending for old Croydon Council HQ
Croydon Council’s former HQ will not be going out with a bang when demolition later this year.
Hoarding are going up around Taberner House this Wednesday before the demolition of the 1960s office block starts in April.
The 19-storey building will be deconstructed one level at a time, until the demolition is completed around in December 2014.
No explosives are being used which means noise, dust and disruption will be kept to a minimum.
Work will start on the top floor with builders working their way down the building.
The building will be cleared internally then a crane will lift demolition excavators onto the roof which will break away the concrete slab beneath them.
Once this is done, the excavators will be lifted through the hole down to the next level and break down the remainder of the floor above.
This will continue all the way down to the ground floor until the demolition is complete.
The site will be secured with hoarding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Working hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 1pm Saturday.
Cllr Jason Perry, cabinet member for Planning, Transport and Regeneration, said: “We have taken every step possible to ensure that noise and disruption will be kept to a minimum while the demolition works are carried out and will be keeping residents and businesses informed of progress along the way.
“Taberner House has been a part of the Croydon panorama since the 60s and many people are nostalgic about it.
“It has always been an important site for the borough so it is fitting that the redevelopment will provide hundreds of much needed new homes and jobs and act as a catalyst for regeneration in our town centre.”
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