Parsons North Enabling Works (Westminster)


Geoffrey Osborne Ltd


Former Car Park Structure,
Hall Place,


7 months



Goody were contracted to carry out Parsons North enabling works, which included the demolition of a redundant basement car-park to facilitate a six storey building with 60no residential units (19 of which are affordable housing), a small commercial space and replacement car parking.

The demolition area is in close proximity of Parsons Tower which is a residential block. Also in close proximity opposite Parsons North site are residents at Hall Place Road and Little Venice Medical Centre. The new homes created as part of the development will form part of the council’s goal to deliver 1,850 new affordable homes by 2023.


Over the seven months that Goody demolition were on site, we coordinated with Westminster City Council, Transport for London, local residents and business owners, as well as a number of specialist subcontractors (including our associate company Truecut Diamond Drilling to safely and efficiently deliver the project with minimal disruption to the surrounding area.

Our works included; erecting fencing and creating an exclusion zone, preparation and amendments to the foundations, and installation of temporary propping, hard demolition utilising a 30-tonne excavator fitted with non-percussive elements as well as secant wall enabling works.

Challenges overcome

• Proximity of residential dwellings and commercial premises

The site is bounded on three sides by Edgware Road, Compton Street and Hall Place and to the southeast by the Parsons North residential tower block. As a result, noise, vibration and air quality monitoring were ever-present, to ensure compliance with the Westminster City Council Code of Construction Practice.

Our HSE Manager developed a method to decrease the noise pollution of our breaker attachment, thus reducing nuisance to sensitive receptors surrounding our site. This simple and inexpensive solution involved retrofitting an acoustic jacket to the attachment, which considerably reduced the noise from the pneumatic breaking.

Project outcome

The works were completed successfully and without incident, with Goody Demolition receiving recognition from our client for our approach to nuisance noise reduction. The Parsons North regeneration scheme remains ongoing with completion due in 2021.

Our commitment to health and safety is evident on all of our sites, and we mandate all staff to abide by safe working practices. This was recognised by Osborne’s at the Parson North Site, where their site management team praised one of our operatives, Rob Gregory, for ‘setting a positive example on site regarding health and safety’. Rob demonstrated a commitment to ensuring a safer work place and was subsequently nominated for the monthly ‘Site Safety Award’.