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Admiral House, Regent’s Canal


Grange and their co-contractors Fourways were due to fix the render of the Grade-II listed 1960 canalside office block known as Admiral House in Oval Road in Camden Town.

But one side of the seven-floor building drops into the Regent’s Canal – meaning there was no solid ground where for the scaffolding to be anchored to the scaffolding barge alongside Admiral House in the Regent’s Canal

The answer was to hire a barge, moor it alongside the building – and then sink it.

Grange managing director Graham Rushworth said: “We had to make sure there was a base that was steady and secure that we could build the scaffolding on – and the answer was to moor a barge at the base of the building, fill it with water and then use that.”