This demolition project consisted of a full site clearance of all above and below ground structures to facilitate a new build residential development by our client, The Gladedale Group Ltd.
Existing site usage immediately prior to demolition was for the manufacture of boiler cleaning equipment and ash handling systems for power stations and similar facilities. The existing structures however were originally built for the Ministry of Defence during World War 1 with little being known of the buildings actual use.
The primary structure on site was constructed using specific materials and in a manner that would protect the structure from explosions from within. The structure contained armour tank plating within the external walls and each floor level over the five storey structure had concave sheet steel linings forming ceilings/underside of floors as well as containing a substantial structural steel frame.
The remainder of the site comprised of a series of steel frame warehouses enveloped in a mixture of metal profile sheeting and asbestos cement sheeting.
All structures, following asbestos removal works, were demolished using a variety of demolition excavators including long reach equipment and various attachments that included heavy hydraulic breakers, multi processors and concrete pulverisers.
Due to the buoyant metal market at that time we were able to commit to reducing the cost to the client and indeed carried out the contract whilst offering a £ 100,000 reduction in original cost.