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HS2 site clearance at Euston ramps up

High Speed 2 Ltd has released new images showing the progress being made to clear the site at Euston Station in London in preparation for the main construction phase.

The images show progress made in demolishing the former BHS warehouse on Hampstead Road to the north of the existing station and close to the new station’s proposed High Speed 2 (HS2) Camden Town entrance.

The building, made up of two separate three and five storey concrete-framed structures, was demolished over eight months by a Costain and Skanska joint venture (CSjv) and specialist subcontractor John F Hunt.

To take down the building, a top-down demolition technique was used, with machines lifted onto the top of the buildings and protective screening installed around the outside to limit noise and dust.

During the work, more than 35,000t of concrete was crushed and reused on site. With the demolition complete, work is now taking place to finish the clearance of the site, ready for handover to the station contractor.

HS2 programme director Matthew Botelle said the milestone was the latest evidence of the progress it was making across London.

“With our fascinating archaeological programme in full swing and more than two thirds of demolitions now complete, I’d like to thank all those involved in the project for their hard work and dedication.”

CSjv programme director Peter Jones said: “Costain and Skanska have successfully completed yet another major building demolition as part of our huge HS2 enabling works programme. With more than 1,500 people now at work across the capital, we are proud to be part of what will be, the UK’s biggest infrastructure project.”

The news follows the demolition of the former Ibis hotel on Cardington Street, which was completed last month and the clearance of the nearby disused National Temperance Hospital buildings.

The new station is being designed by Arup/ Grimshaw and will be built by a Mace/ Dragados team. A Costain, Skanska, Strabag joint venture will deliver the tunnels which will take HS2 services from Euston to Old Oak Common.

A masterplan for the wider development of public land around the station is being developed by Lendlease which it is hoped will deliver 2,000 new homes and 15,000 jobs.

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