Sainsbury’s Beckton

Demolition project background

In addition to its standard walk in superstore facility, Sainsbury’s in Beckton is one of the key online shopping distribution centre’s for the company. In Operation 24 hours a day, the superstore provides a variety of goods from groceries to electrical equipment.

As part of a group wide improvement programme, the store had numerous aspects of alteration/redevelopmnent which DDS played a key role in.


  • Confirm isolation and termination of services in the working area’s (liaising with RG Group)
  • Strip out area’s of shop floor and back office.
  • Demolish mezzanine floor at the front of the store (phased to allow for the relocation of the M&E equipment  )
  • Dismantling bulkheads through the centre of the store.
  • Demolish 8m blockwork walls and windposts through the centre of the store.
  • Remove Terrazzo flooring and screeds across the main shop floor area.
  • Remove suspended ceilings.
  • Demolish internal block walls where indicated
  • Removal of redundant M&E equipment
  • Demolish further mezzanine floors to back office area’s and plant rooms.
  • Dismantle 3no. floodlights in the main car park using mobile crane.
  • Remove all demolition, rubbish and soft strip materials arising

Achievements & Successes

  • It was essential for the success of the contract for the works to be completed as quickly as possible. As such, DDS worked 24 hours a day for 14 weeks using back-to-back shifts.
  • The store remained live throughout the works. DDS Demolition were vigilant in their implementation of safe systems of work as not to put consumers store employee’s and other trades at risk.
  • The tight programme resulted in numerous trades working simultaneously, in close proximity to each other; ongoing and thorough collaboration was required to ensure no neighbouring contractor hindered DDS’ progress and vice versa.
  • The complexities of the works lead to DDS undertaking numerous elements of the contract out of sequence with the tenders stage programme. As such, the demolition programme underwent constant revision on an as needed basis.
  • The nature of the store’s contents required fine water mists for dust suppression, while monitoring the level of water omitted from the sprays to ensure flooding did not occur at ground level.
  • The project was completed to schedule.