Material Mitosis

Main Contractor

Sykes & Son


City of London Corporation



For this project, FDS partnered up with Sykes and Son on their framework with the City of London to decommission and strip out two adjoining buildings in an extremely busy part of the Square Mile.

The two buildings were multi-use commercial and retail spaces, complete with a variety of architectural features. The works included the strip out of finishes, all M&E, plant rooms, 7 lifts, 2 lift shafts, raised floors, screeds and more. The task was complicated further by the lack of space in the street in front of one of the buildings, owing to the existence of a major construction scheme happening opposite. This meant that a forecourt had to be established with hoarding on the corner of the second building and a structural opening formed between the buildings to allow the passage of waste material from one to the other. This was accompanied by the early demolition of all demise walls between the retail units on the ground floor to create a large open space for the storage of materials. This allowed the safe disposal of 750 tons of hardcore across as few vehicle movements as possible.

FDS leveraged its supply chain to reuse 37 tonnes of obsolete raised flooring systems on other sites. This material was diverted from the energy-intensive recycling process.