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Keltbray lowers Earls Court Exhibition Centre roof in 11h eleven-hour precision operation


23 October 2015: The roof of the Earls Court 1 exhibition centre has been lowered in an eleven-hour, precision operation as part of the ongoing deconstruction of the Earls Court exhibition halls. The buildings are being dismantled to make way for the regeneration of Earls Court by Capital & Counties Properties Plc (Capco), creating a vibrant new part of London with 7,500 new homes, 1.2m sq ft of commercial and retail space and central London’s newest park.

The 1,300 tonne, 126 metre long x 75 metre wide roof was slowly lowered from 54 meters above the ground in a carefully planned and controlled operation which was four years in the planning. Over the next six months, the reinforced concrete frames of the roof support and the walls will be safely removed, clearing the site for redevelopment. In recent months, the roof and red steel frames of EC2 have been deconstructed and the concrete floor is now being carefully removed. 99% of all materials removed will be recycled.

The EC1 roof lowering is a major milestone in the demolition of the main exhibition hall and for the Earls Court development. Both Earls Court 1 and 2 are due to be fully demolished by mid-2016, at which point the site will then be prepared for the next phase of construction.

Gary Yardley, Capco Managing Director said: “There is real momentum behind the regeneration of Earls Court and the creation of a vibrant new part of London. The lowering of the roof marks a significant milestone and we look forward to continuing this fantastic progress to bring forward London’s newest great estate.”

Jim O’Sullivan, Operations Director from Capco’s demolition contractor Keltbray added: “The lowering of the roof was an extremely delicate operation which was many years in the planning. This is the first time that a steel structure of this size has been mechanically lowered some 25m to be disassembled at ground level in the UK. I want to give my thanks to the team whose efforts and dedication made this both possible and so well executed and something to be very proud of.”

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