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Temporary Works for Demolition of Earls Court Exhibition Centre

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09 May 2022

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This paper describes the challenging temporary works used for demolishing the vast Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London, UK, in particular the removal of a major access bridge and one of the main roofs. This presentation will detail the project history, challenges, and the scope of the temporary works. The temporary works required a very large number of designs and other documents to be prepared and approved by multiple parties. The presentation will examine in detail the designs for:

  • Main Roof (Roof B) demolition - the 1300t truss roof was lowered 28m to ground level in a single operation using strand jacks.
  • The Demolition of Bridge 19 – providing vehicular and pedestrian access between the two main exhibition halls over a railway line, the bridge was removed by cutting, lifting and sliding entire spans.
  • Portal Beams removal

The works were a serious challenge because of the conditions and requirements of both the client and various structural, logistical and environmental factors. The presentation will conclude highlighting the main project achievements and the potential use of such a model in future projects.

Please view the published paper that will form the basis of the presentation.


17:45 - 18:00


18:00 - 18:05

Chair's introduction

18:05 - 18:45


18:45 - 19:10

Q&A session

19:10 - 19:15

Closing remarks and event ends


Paula McMahon

Paula McMahon

Sir Robert McAlpine

#TheLine founder and regional supervising officer

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Paula McMahon

Paula started life as a civil engineering apprentice with her local Council straight from school.

She is currently the regional supervising officer for Sir Robert McAlpine’s Northern region where she oversees the professional development of future ICE members.

She also manages the Social Value for the A19 DBFO Project, is an employee representative and sits on several Affinity and leadership groups.

Her career has been wide ranging and varied and has included significant roles on high profile projects including the Thames Barrier, Hinkley Point C and DUBAL Aluminium. She is a Chartered Fellow of the ICE and Chartered Management Institute as well as being a Fellow of the Women’s Engineering Society and Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures.

Paula is currently the North East Chair and Honorary Editor and Panel Chair for the flagship ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering. She also sits on several strategy groups including the North East Chamber of Commerce Transport Forum and Teesside University’s Engineering Board where she is also a visiting lecturer.

Paula strongly believes in inspiring our next generation of civil engineers and educating everyone to work towards an equitable and sustainable future.

She is the driving force behind Engineering Together which brings together a wide selection of UK and International Engineering Institutions and bodies to work collaboratively to raise awareness and understanding of engineers and engineering.

She set up Primary Voices to impress the need for urgency climate action whilst providing everyday solutions to help tackle the climate crisis.

She is regularly invited to speak at national and international events on a range of topics including engineering, diversity and sustainability.

Paula’s work in the industry and education has earned her many Awards and accolades including the prestigious European WICE Award Lifetime in Engineering for 2021.

Tomasz Mochol

Tomasz Mochol

Wentworth House Partnership

technical director

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Tomasz Mochol

Tomasz started his career working in consultancies in Poland on RC and steel structure design and with a contractor on glulam design.

On joining WHP in 2006, he quickly adapted to U.K. codes and the specialities of temporary works design, and is now an accomplished designer with a broad range of temporary works design experience which he uses to good advantage on client’s projects.

Tomasz has worked on many complex general demolition, façade retention and basement projects including Highbury Square Arsenal Stadium, De Vere Gardens, Piccadilly Lights, Earls Court, K1 Knightsbridge, Project George and many more.

Stuart Vaughan

Stuart Vaughan

Wentworth House Partnership

managing director

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Stuart Vaughan

As a Graduate Engineer Stuart worked on the Jubilee Line Extension at London Bridge, constructing running tunnels, station tunnels, shafts and escalators using NATM, pre-cast concrete and SGI linings.

This was an amazing first experience of geotechnical engineering and the delivery of critical infrastructure. After 15 years working numerous projects, Stuart joined Wentworth House Partnership as a Director.

WHP has grown into a sizable and respected geotechnical engineering and temporary works consultancy delivering efficient solutions to clients.

Stuart has worked on many complex basements and below ground structures over the years including Thames Tideway East, 1 Bishopsgate Plaza, 22 Bishopsgate, The Shard, Crossrail basements at Farringdon and Paddington, and numerous HS2 contracts providing engineering support.

Stuart now leads the WHP team of in excess of 70 diverse staff including trainees and apprentices meeting the needs of clients today and developing engineering skills and capability for the future.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai