The contract, which runs until October 2017, is for the removal of the building down to basement level, in anticipation of redevelopment.
Skanska’s team will also clean and retain the early 20th century, Grade II-listed façade of the site’s mansion block, part of the conservation area near Hyde Park. Skanska believes it is the longest façade project of its type in London.
Skanska said that key to it winning the contract was its experience in traffic management and logistics, as well as façade retention systems and demolition within tight constraints on site. The site is bound by two five-star hotels, residential properties, shops and offices, and just across the road from the French embassy.
Skanska managing director Paul Heather said: “Our team has delivered many similar schemes and our knowledge and experience have already exceeded the customer’s expectations. This latest project start confirms that the commercial development market in London remains active, and Skanska is playing a significant part in the sector. We have a strong pipeline of work and look forward to working with developers across the city to create their developments.”
Skanska secured the contract through a competitive tender process following a pre-construction service agreement, where the team undertook asbestos removal, investigative and enabling works.