The Smile

American Hardwood Export Council

The Project consisted of the demolition of a timber structure known as ‘The Smile’ a project for the London Design Festival located at Chelsea College of Arts Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

The programme was extremely short due to the upcoming Festival of Art. As the structure was located within the main parade ground, the cobbled stones required protecting, so we installed rubber track matting that was then covered with plywood sheeting to act as additional protection. This allowed the non-destructive movement of heavy machinery during the demolition process.

Scope of Works at The Smile

  • Site establishment
  • Mobilisation of plant and equipment
  • Demolition of the timber structure using a 30 tonne excavator
  • The shape of the structure required the demolition to be carried out in equal sections to both ends to prevent a premature collapse
  • The close proximity of the general public in a busy courtyard space required a watching brief from the demolition operatives

Latest News

Demolition Thornbrook House

Hitachi 350LC going about its demolition business with ease Photo shot of the Hitachi Zaxis 350LC demolishing Thornbrook house on behalf of Tilia homes. Made short work of the demolition, ground slabs and foundation removals. Moved onto crushing with the aid of a Zaxis 290.


Correct weight was 1.38t Leesa had the closest guess to that. Thank you to all who participated.

Kent Construction expo

Our first time exhibiting at the Kent Construction Expo at the county show grounds Detling. Very successful event and really good to meet so many familiar faces and to make some new contacts. Very well staged event.

Latest Case Study

87 Blackwall Lane

87 Blackwall Lane

Demolition, Asbestos R&D Survey, temporary works, remediation, contaminated soil removal, tarmac removal/disposal.