Construction and Community

This page will be kept updated with information relating to work on the Ludgate House and Sampson House site.

Ludgate House demolition

The demolition of Ludgate House, which sits on Blackfriars Road, is now complete. The work has been undertaken by specialist contractor McGee. (2018)


Sampson House demolition 

We are in the process of preparing to commence with the demolition of Sampson House. Throughout Q4 2018 and Q1 2019, we will be making preparations that include establishing hoarding and scaffolding and soft stripping the inside of the building. Full demolition is expected to commence from Q1 2019.


Hopton Street Closure – February 2019

To allow for the erection of tower cranes to facilitate the demolition of Sampson House, a portion of Hopton Street will be closed for two weekends. A letter was sent out to neighbours informing them of the proposed dates and can be read here.

Since the letter has been sent, high winds have meant the originally proposed date of 9th / 10th February for the first tower erection will not take place. The date of this work is now proposed to be 16th / 17th February. The second tower crane is due to go up the weekend of the 23rd / 24th February. (February 2019)

The road closure will be from the south end of Hopton Street (which connects to Southwark Street) to the north end, stopping at the entrance to the spur road towards Blackfriars Station. A diversion down Great Guildford Street will be in effect at this time.


Community Liaison Group

We have set up a Community Liaison Group (CLG) for local residents to learn more about the demolition from McGee. The first meeting was held on 24th October.

The next CLG meeting will be held on 20th February 2019 at 6.30pm at the Better Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street. Please email to RSVP.


Community Liaison Group Minutes

Following each CLG meeting, minutes will be posted on this website and circulated to attendees.

Minutes from the 24th October 2018 CLG meeting can be read here.

Minutes from the CLG meeting held on the 28th November 2018 can be read here.

Minutes from the CLG meeting held on the 9th January 2019 will can be read here.


Community Construction Newsletter 

McGee will regularly produce a construction update newsletter. Copies will be provided here once published.

McGee’s October Construction Update newsletter can be read here.

The November – December Construction Update newsletter can be read here.

The December – January 2019 Construction Update newsletter can be read here.

The February 2019 Construction Update newsletter can be read here.


Section 61

A Section 61 is the agreement that sets out the planned works, working hours and the plan to mitigate impact by best practical means. The current Section 61  agreement set by London Borough of Southwark for the work on Sampson House can be read here. (February 2019)


1. Ludgate House. 2. Sampson House.