Old BHS warehouse makes way for HS2 station
June 10, 2019 – An old warehouse on London’s Hampstead Road has been demolished ot make way for the proposed Camden Town entrance of the new HS2 Euston terminal.
The warehouse was once the hub of British Homes Stores’ London distribution network, with the building providing office space above the warehouse, loading bays and basement.
Since the closure of the BHS warehouse, the 5,000 sq ft building had been temporarily occupied by the Bartlett School of Architecture and used by HS2’s contractors as office space.
The building, made up of two separate three and five storey concrete-framed structures, has taken eight months to demolish, with work carried out by specialist subcontractor John F Hunt on behalf of main contractor Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv).
A top-down demolition technique was used, with machines lifted onto the top of the buildings and protective screening installed around the outside to control noise and dust. During the work, more than 35,000 tonnes of concrete was crushed and reused on site. With the demolition complete, the team are now working to finish the clearance of the site, ready for handover to the station construction teams.