If you enjoy watching demolition, Clerkenwell is the place to be for the next few months!
Charterhouse St and Farringdon Road will see more destruction than they have since the infamous V2 rocket that landed at this spot in March 1945 killing 110 people.
The Clerkenwell Festival of Demolition has for its main sponsors Thameslink and Crossrail. Unlike other festivals, this will play to a rather reluctant audience of residents, commuters and other workers in the area. The opening event will be the relatively minor demolition of Steve Crosby’s meat shop in Charterhouse Street, in the next few weeks, to give access to the track area.
The main event will be the demolition of Cardinal Tower, the unlovely 1960s block in Farringdon Rd, and the warm-up has already started with “soft” stripping-out. August will see the erection of scaffolding - plastic wrapped - and a tower crane, before the serious demolition of the structure starts in late September.
It’s a double bill. The owners of adjacent Caxton House (another unlovely 1960s block, seen here) have said they will also be demolishing their building at the same time. September will also see internal demolition work at Farringdon Station.
As a sort of “fringe” event nearby, contractors for the Goldsmith’s Company will be demolishing part of the former Eagle Court school shortly, for their new craft centre there (see previous post).
More pictures of Cardinal Tower