Demolition specialists Keltbray are currently working at Convoys Wharf in Deptford to clear the site ahead of possible redevelopment of the site, as described here.
The work represents a significant statement of intent from the developers, who claim to be able to fund the long-awaited scheme once planning permission is secure. Work began in November and is expected to take six months.
In a letter to local residents, Keltbray explained:
The work will comprise of the removal of the asbestos materials including small areas of lagging and the roof sheeting, followed by the careful dismantling of the few brickwork structures and the other steel framed buildings. The ground floor slabs will largely remain in place at this time to allow access around the site.
We will be leaving the buildings adjacent to The Master Shipwright House and the buildings forming the site boundary on Princes Street and Watergate Street until the latter part of the contract, so that they can act as a screen to the main dismantling works. The listed Olympia Warehouse is being retained and protected during the demolition works. Following the completion of the demolition Stage 2 of the archaeological investigations will be commencing.