3 Sheldon Square, London

Strip Out Works

Client: British Land PLC
Project: 3 Sheldon Square

Brief Description:

In the capacity of Principal Contractor, KpH Deconstruction undertook this 13 week Strip Out project at 3 Sheldon Square on behalf of British Land PLC and alongside Equals Consulting Ltd.

Project Overview:

The client commissioned full strip out works of 3 Sheldon Square prior to refurbishment which is a building comprising approximately 12,600 sqft of commercial office space spanning 9 upper floors, a lower ground floor, a changing room, rooftop, and parking facilities at basement level. In order to provide some betterment to the overall refurbishment programme KpH were engaged to undertake the strip out in advance on  lower ground, half of ground floor, 1st, 2nd 7th, ,8th and 9th floor. The works within the basement and Levels 3, 4 5 and 6 and rooftop will now be undertaken by KpH under a separate contract working on behalf of the refurbishment contractor 8 Build.

The challenge of this project was to safely coordinate deconstruction works adjacent to the live tenant occupying levels 3 through to 6. We engaged with the Building Management Team prior to starting the project to understand the noise capacity on specific days, allowing us to programme areas of work above and below the live floors and if complaints were received we moved to the upper or lower floors as required. Noisier works on levels 7, 2 and lift lobbies was undertaken early in the mornings to avoid disruption. Additional challenges included managing insurance requirements following impairment of the sprinkler system, all of which was undertaken with complete satisfaction of the Building Management Team.

Despite challenges relating to start dates and accommodating train strikes and the Queen’s funeral,  all planned and additional works were completed within the stipulated timescale.  A separate team were commissioned to work out of hours in order to avoid further noise disruption, as additional works included removal of screed in lift lobbies and toilet areas.

Due to our performance onsite, we have been awarded Phase 2 works to strip out the remaining floors and rooftop plant, this will be undertaken alongside the appointed main contractor, 8build.

Scope of Works

Full Strip Out back to shell of the areas described above with the exception of Raised Access Floor, LTHW and CHW Pipework with adaptations to the Ductwork above ceiling to facilitate the main contractor re-using existing ductwork and pipework where possible. All other internal fittings were stripped out as part of the scheme.

Social Value

KpH have a strong focus on Corporate Social Responsibility and hold a long-term, ongoing commitment to improving real lives, communities, & environmental issues.

On this particular project we worked in collaboration with our client, British Land and the main contractor, 8build, to provide deconstruction and refit services to All Stars Boxing Gym in Harrow.  We provided kitchen cupboards, blinds, and flooring obtained from this project and helped to source other furniture by using the reuse marketplace Globechain.  This contribution of time and materials was of huge benefit to the local community, providing them with two toilets, a kitchenette  and a comfortable space to host important mentoring sessions

KpH working alongside Globechain have managed to achieve an embodied carbon saving of 3390.078 tCO2e .

Environmental Total

13,485 —Items Listed

35,393 —Kilos Listed

2,282   —Items Active

External Reuse Total

11,203 —Items Collected

23,910 —Kilos Diverted

13 — Case Studies Received

Social – No of people helped

23% of collections helped with unemployment

38% of collections helped with upskilling

ECONOMIC – Savings generated for  collectors


62% of collections helped with funding or grants

Career Ready Talks

The KpH team held some career ready talks with some enthusiastic young people at pivotal points in their lives and hopefully inspired a few to get into the Construction (Deconstruction) industry. We were particularly pleased to see the number of girls who attended and expressed a keen interest in the potential careers available.

The groups were walked around a live working site and shown different stages of work. They were able to engage with various members of staff who provided an insight into their specific roles.

KpH received some fantastic feedback from Samantha Dodd, Community Manager of Paddington Central and Johnny Shonibare-Soutan, Career Ready.

“A massive THANK YOU for all the time you took with the groups today. They all had amazing feedback and the teacher said it was one of the best visits ever! Keeping 17-year-olds engaged when they should have finished school already is quite the achievement”
“Truly inspirational visit. You did a great job at keeping them engaged throughout the visit, they had nothing but great things to say about you all. One of the best workplace visits I’ve seen.”

The Marylebone Project – Career Options

Reece Axisa, Assistant Project Manager and Mel Speller, Health and Safety Administrator gave up some time to show a few lovely ladies around 3 Sheldon Square.

We were able to walk them around a couple of floors, explain how our deconstruction business operates and how waste / reuse / recycle is achieved in practice.

These ladies are currently being supported by The Marylebone Project which is one of the largest women’s hostels in the UK.

They were very interested in any opportunities to work within our industry, surprised to hear that only a CSCS card is needed (together with onsite training) and we offered some valuable information which may lead to them joining us for work placements next year!

“A massive merry thank you to all KpH Deconstruction Services Ltd for your generosity – thanks to you, homeless women will be able to find a warm, nourishing and welcoming space to take shelter.  Have a great Christmas and New Year”.

Phillippa Middleton – General Manager at Church Army – Marylebone Project

Client feedback on community engagement throughout this project

“KPH have been a pleasure to work with on community engagement during the development at 3 Sheldon Square at British Land’s Paddington Central campus.

 Their proactive approach and initiative has enabled local women who are experiencing homelessness to learn more about accessible entry level roles in the construction sector and local young people on the social mobility programme Career Ready to gain a better understanding  of sustainability in demolition and construction.  Westminster Academy said it was the best workplace visit they’ve ever had!

 In addition, they’ve raised the bar for fellow contractors, working in collaboration to refurbish All Stars Boxing, a youth and boxing hub that works with young people excluded from school, ensuring this much needed valued community asset can focus its resources on its beneficiaries.

 In addition, employees have been really engaged in our local area and got involved with campus activity such as collections for the food bank and a winter coat collection.  KPH have become a real part of the campus community in a very short period of time”

Samantha Dodd, Community Manager of Paddington Central.