Drapers Gardens

The Brief

To administer the client’s obligations under the Party Wall Act. Demolition of a 34 storey 1960′s office block – the tallest building to be demolished in the UK.

The Solution

The site was surrounded on three sides by adjoining buildings requiring consent under the act. The tower occupied the centre of the site with a two storey podium structure to all sides. The site was of significant archaeological interest and due to the time to demolish the tower, there was a need to free up the perimeter of the site so that the archaeologists could work on the site whilst the tower was being demolished. This meant that an intricate system of sheet piles and in some cases, ground anchors were required in order to provide an open working area with the need for any temporary supports restricting the site.

Together with the main piled foundations, and enclosing in upon the buildings to the site boundary, we served in excess of 120 Party Wall notices on adjoining owners and carried out schedules of condition on ten large buildings.

Simply managing the information dealing with so many different buildings presented a significant challenge not only for the design team but also for the adjoining owners’ surveyors and their advising engineers. New systems and procedures for managing this volume of information were introduced by GIA which contributed to timely delivery of agreements for the works to proceed.


Project Details


Drapers Gardens, London


Party Wall


Canary Wharf Contractors Limited


Foggo Associates