The Project:  

Reworking a 1980s office building into 20,000 sq ft of modern retail space and 325,000 sq ft of prime workspace presents its challenges. Challenges which are amplified when the building is in the centre of London’s financial district, where noise and other environmental restrictions are rigorously imposed.  

Main contractor Skanska invited our specialist decorating team to join them on the 60 London Wall project, and set the innovation bar high.  

Client: Skanska 

Sector: Office 

Region: London 

Services: Pre-Construction, Construction Support 

The Challenge: 

Due to the location of the building, there were environmental restrictions imposed on the project’s construction such as noise and dust. The stripping of the building included removing the original board fire protection from the structural steelwork columns and beams. As this exposed steelwork would take centre stage in EPR Architects new design, a media blasting solution was required to prepare steelwork for a new decorative fire protection system. 

Roseville was asked to search the market for alternative solutions because traditional media blasting systems would be prohibited under the environmental controls for this project. Therefore, the real challenge was to develop a blasting system that reduced dust contamination in operation, reduced environment impact and decreased the amount of disposal of contaminated waste. 

The Results: 

We responded with an innovative new sponge media blasting (a composite of open cell sponge and abrasive) and decorative structural solution.  As the first of its kind in UK construction, this solution resulted in greatly minimised environmental impact of this construction project.  Massively reducing dust and, because it’s recyclable, also greatly reduced the actual tonnage of media required compared to other products. 

If this system is applied to future blasting works within the UK, the environmental impact of waste media would be reduced up to 80%. That’s 80% less product, 80% less landfill, 80% less delivery cost, 80% less disposal cost. 

Working with Intumescent Paint manufacture, we recommended the use of a water based Intumescent Paint System, applied on site. Water based Intumescent paint has very low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) levels, classified as trace, greatly strengthening main contractor Skanska’s compliance to WELL obligations. 

Sponge Media Used – 35Te 

Dust Suppression: The dust contaminating in the air was less than 1mg/m³ 

Delivery Transport Cost: £1,125 

Waste Removal Transport Cost: £1,125 

Landfill Cost: £15,750 

Landfill Weight: 35Te 

Conventional Media Used – 270Te 

Dust Suppression: The dust contaminating in the air would be 20-40mg/m³ 

Delivery Transport Cost: £5,250 

Waste Removal Transport Cost: £5,250 

Landfill Cost: £121,500 

Landfill Weight: 270Te 

Mark Stewart, Chief Executive, Roseville Projects Ltd, says: “This project has shown the huge reduction in environmental impact that can be achieved. Our innovative sponge media blasting solution has reduced landfill costs alone by £105,000 and the low VOC Intumescent Paint System reduces the environmental impact to air quality by 40%. By using this method, the construction industry can achieve 80% less product, 80% less landfill, 80% less delivery cost and 80% less disposal cost.”