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Façade Retention

Client: Dragon Developments
Discipline(s): Temporary works, piling, deconstruction, maintenance
Location: G1, George’s Square, Glasgow City Centre
Programme: 26 weeks  


Coleman & Company was appointed to carry out a prestigious facade retention and demolition project in the heart of Glasgow’s George Square.   The former Central Post Office, a Grade I listed building, required a variety of complex temporary works solutions to meet the client’s demanding programme of redevelopment.     

Scope of works

The works included:
  • Service disconnections
  • Condition surveys
  • Piling and temporary works design
  • Traffic management diversion and road closures
  • Forming a 5m x 5m opening in the listed facade
  • Piling and pile caps
  • External steelworks
  • Internal demolition/deconstructions
  • High spec hoarding and temporary lighting
  • Specialist cranes
Project challenges

This facade retention and demolition project required total commitment from Coleman & Company’s Management Team, along with the complete support from our partnered sub-contractors and consultants to deliver the two weeks mobilisation and 26 week programme on site.   It presented major challenges with regard to access, traffic and pedestrian management.  


The six-storey building adjoined accommodation for Scotland’s leading barristers, lawyers, consultants and executives at Glasgow City Council. Positioned on George Square, neighbours also included high end retail stores Gap and Benetton. The three remaining sides of the building were all retained using external structural steelwork.