Key Project

Printworks, London

CLIENT: Printworks
SCOPE: Soft Strip inc. removal of old printing presses and structural demolition

Printworks London is best known for housing the giant printing presses that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers to London, the Press Halls are a fully soundproofed space, designed to contain the industry of what was once Western Europe's largest print facility, spread over 119,200 sq ft.

H Smith were appointed as Principal Contractor as part of a refurbishment plan that sees the Printworks become a ground breaking new multi purpose event space for the capital. Set to change the face of London’s cultural scene, Printworks is a 6,000 capacity licenced venue for music and the arts. Comprising of six vast events spaces, all arranged over multiple levels with a maze of corridors and rooms.

Soft strip scope includes the isolation and removal of M&E services, including air conditioning ducts, dismantling of 6 no newspaper presses, removal of the steel and concrete gantries to the upper level followed by the concreting of the old inkwells.

A specialist gantry crane was installed to facilitate the removal of the blue balconies.

Works are subject to a tight programme and have been carefully coordinated around scheduled events.