HS2 has completed two major demolition projects at Euston site and the clearance of the buildings to the west of the station reveal, for the first time, the full scale of the new platforms and concourse that will built as part of Britain’s new high-speed rail project.
The 6-month demolition of the former Ibis hotel on Cardington Street, was completed. The painstaking demolition of the 5-storey, 380 room building, involved the removal of almost 9,000 tonnes of material with 95% set to be recycled or reused on site.
The clearance of the nearby disused National Temperance Hospital buildings was delivered in 2 stages, with the second half, the Insull wing, now also complete. More than 6,000 tonnes of material were removed during the project with 95% set to be recycled or reused. The hospital was closed in 1990.
Both projects were delivered by HS2’s enabling works contractor, a Costain and Skanska joint venture (CSjv), working with subcontractors Keltbray.
“HS2 will transform Euston, delivering much-needed extra capacity, improving journeys and unlocking the opportunity for thousands of new jobs and homes,” HS2 Ltd’s Euston Programme Director, Rob Carr, said.
The work is part of HS2’s enabling works contracts, which involve archaeology, demolitions and clearance, utilities and work to deliver new tree planting and wildlife habitats as part of HS2’s ‘green corridor’ project.
In March, HS2 appointed Mace/Dragados as Euston’s Construction Partner. They will work with HS2 Ltd and designers Arup/Grimshaw to complete the design and build the new station.