Project Description

Client: Laing Murphy Joint Venture

Stakeholder: HS2

Project Duration: 43 weeks

Project Scope:

Demolition of steel framed student accommodation buildings ranging from 9-11 storeys with precast concrete floors and brick facades including 7 storey prefabricated timber pod structure in a severely constrained city suburb.

Project Constraints & Challenges:

  • Maintaining the structural stability of internal floor plates during removal of prefabricated pods.
  • Complex demolition techniques and logistics due to the site location
  • Adjacent to the live west main line railway and major highway arterial route Lawley Middleway.


  • De-building structures to fourth floor followed by machine demolition to the ground
  • Safe removal of fragile prefabricated pods
  • Seamless liaison and approvals with Network Rail, Birmingham City Council and Highways England
  • Manging the environmental impact of noise, dust and vibration in a sensitive location of residential, commercial and transport infrastructure constraints