PROJECT: NORWICH UNION HOUSE, NEWCASTLE
Thompsons were appointed by Carillion Plc to carry out the asbestos removal, soft strip, demolition, earthworks and stoning up of this six-storey reinforced concrete structure in the heart of Newcastle City Centre on the busy Westgate Road, directly opposite Newcastle Central Station.
Carillion, Thompsons, the pilers and the groundworkers worked with and around each other from the start to help maintain progress across the site as the main contract schedule was very tight.
Prior to commencement of the demolition works a specialist scaffolding contractor was appointed to fully scaffold and sheet two elevations of the structure.
Following the completion of the asbestos removal and soft strip works, demolition works were undertaken using our high reach demolition excavator.
A live substation was located in the basement of the building. Our demolition method was agreed with the utility provider, to allow them full access during the demolition of the structure and for their apparatus to remain working and undisturbed, prior to them re-moving the asset.
We were able to complete the demolition works once the asset was removed. As part of our contract works, we carried out excavation and stone importation to con-struct piling platforms, to a line and level agreed with the main contractor.
We excavated and disposed of offsite approx. 2,000m3 and imported 2,500m3 of granular materials to construct the piling platforms. Works were carried out over an 18-week agreed programme.