Demolition news - July 2019

Date: 16/07/2019

Major project updates

Binsey Walk in Thamesmead is progressing well, the photo to the right shows our Hitachi 490 high reach at work on the first phase of demolition. An interesting and time-consuming part of this project has been dealing with some existing residents; bats. All bat species, their breeding sites and resting places are fully protected by law, therefore the Binsey Walk project has required a licence from Natural England as we could not avoid disturbing them and damaging their habitats. Our client has been required to undertake a bat survey to identify how many bats were using the building and the areas in which they were found.The bat licence is expected to arrive shortly which will allow us to progress further demolition work.

Basing View in Basingstoke has seen the installation of a 1.3m diameter piling to form a contiguous piled wall and the supply of our ready-mix concrete to the same site. This 65-acre business park in the heart of Basingstoke is undergoing a programme of major redevelopment with £2.3 million of investment for public realm infrastructure from Basingstoke and Deane Council and Muse Developments appointed as its development partner.

Schools Out for Summer

As you would expect, schools attempt to carry out construction projects to coincide with the school holidays. Despite our best efforts the demolition process can be inherently noisy and dirty. It also often includes a degree of risk that is not present in other industries. Any possible risk of interference to the education of the students is therefore eliminated during the school holidays and we often called upon to carry out demolition work over at this time. This year is no exception with work at Holme Grange School in Wokingham, Berkshire and St Catherine’s School in Bramley, near Guildford.

St Catherine’s is a girls independent boarding school established in 1885. It’s grown substantially since then and is continuing to develop with the planning of a new sixth form common room and accommodation block. Our demolition, soft strip, alterations and underpinning works will be carried out in the summer break to allow the project to proceed this Autumn. Holme Grange School is also well established and was founded in 1945. It is also an independent school and is planning for the future with the demolition of a classroom block.

 



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