The Former Acrow site, Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden - Asbestos removal, demolition, site remediation

The Former Acrow site, Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden - Asbestos removal, demolition, site remediation

Completion: 22.01.16 (26 weeks)

The former Acrow steel works site. Assisting and working alongside the Ecological people to remove, stockpile and seal large topsoil areas to the front of the site over a 3 week perio., Asbestos cement sheet removal under the supervision of a licensed Bat ecologist following Natural England license, we also put into place and maintained badger exclusion zones.

The main works: Asbestos removal and Demolition of 11 large industrial buildings including slabs and foundations of the former Acrow steel works in Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden. The works were carried out over a 26 week period in this time we demolished 11 buildings, recycling 2000 tons of assorted metals, broke up, removed and crushed some 12 acres of concrete slabs which produced some 25,000 tons of crushed concrete to be used in the re-development program. The asbestos removal works took place under fully controlled conditions produced 120ton of waste which went to a licensed landfill site. The works also had to be carried out around the CLH Government high pressure Pipeline system which require regular liaison with the Fisher German. Once the demolition works had been carried out we undertook the site remediation cut and fill exercise. The site remediation works consisted of identification and removal of contaminated ground to the sites of former fuel storage areas, this also included an area of asbestos contaminated ground and Japanese Knotweed. When the remediation works had been signed off we started with the site regarding / cut and fill which consisted of removal, movement and relaying in layers of some 16,000m3 of muck and then capping with a 350mm layer of crush concrete in 2 layers which took 19-20,000 tons of material the final finished level only had a tolerance of +/- 50mm this was over the main redevelopment area which was 29,250m2


Development & Sustainability Officer - Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing

Development & Sustainability Officer - Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing

08/07/2013 – 9/08/2013

Swan Lane Flats, Shropshire, Oswestry.

Asbestos removal and demolition of 3 large 1960s built blocks of four storey flats to ground level, removal,disposal from site of all rubbish and debris arising from the demolition. Supply and erect 100LM of site hoarding & gates, we also were require to take down by hand, brick built storage sheds to the rear of the building. Remove the slabs and foundations to enable us to supply and erect 60+ LM of close boarded fencing to form the new boundary to the houses which backed on to the site.

Block 2 formed the boundary to the north east corner of the site with a house and garage in close proximity. To enable the safe demolition we designed and erected scaffolding fully enclosed in mono-flex to protect the adjacent buildings and land, the demolition was then carried out by hand containing all debris within the buildings footprint. The project took place during the six weeks school holidays and the site was surrounded by residential properties we utilised our dedicated dust fighter machines to combat the dust menace which is associated with demolition works and we employed out of hours security to make sure there was no unauthorised entry on to site. This project was delivered back 3 weeks early and in budget. Enabling the client to move forward with the redevelopment program. This project achieved a 98% recycle rate with over 2000 tons of brick and concrete being crushed to be re-used in local projects. The contract was carried out without any incidents or accidents.

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Building Surveyor Facilities Management  - Watford Borough Council

Building Surveyor Facilities Management - Watford Borough Council

07.01.15 – 03.03.15

Faraday House, Faraday Close, Watford. Demolition of the former Office building Faraday House, which was a large 1970s concrete frame building with brick skin, including the removal of slabs, foundations, hardstanding’s & removal of all notifiable and cements based asbestos, crushing of all brick, concrete based material to 6F2 Grade for re-use within the local area.


The buildings lower floor ceilings were lined with notifiable asbestos sheets, this needed to be removed under controlled conditions before any demolition could start. We supplied and erected some 150Lm of palisade fencing and gates to the surrounding area to form a secure compound during the demolition we had a crash deck scaffold erected to protect a Sub-Station on site which supplied the rest of the industrial estate, we also utilised our dedicated dust fighter machines to combat the dust menace which is associated with demolition works so not to cause problems for the surrounding business`s. Once we had completed the demolition we supplied and installed further fencing and gates to the sub-station to UK power networks specification.


This project was delivered back on time and in budget, enabling the client to start to rent the newly formed compound to a local business. This project achieved a 98.2% recycle rate with over 1650 tons of brick and concrete being crushed to be re-used in the local area. The contract was carried out without any incidents or accidents.

Associate Director - Building Consultancy  - Lambert Smith Hampton / Cabinet Office

Associate Director - Building Consultancy - Lambert Smith Hampton / Cabinet Office

12.01.15 – 06.02.15

County Farm, Stoke Mandeville. Demolition of the former Cabinet Office training facility at County Farm, which was a large 1970s steel frame building including the slabs, foundations, hardstanding’s & removal of all below ground obstructions, crushing of all brick, concrete based material to 6F2 Grade for re-use within the local area.


The buildings asbestos cement sheet outer skin had been over clad with upvc cladding, this needed to be removed before the asbestos removal could start. The building had laid empty for over 10 years and had been heavily vandalised and the surrounding area was extremely overgrown. During the demolition we utilised our dedicated dust fighter machines to combat the dust menace which is associated with demolition works so not to cause problems for the surround buildings and main road which were in close proximity to the site.


This project was delivered back 1 week early and within budget with an updated Ecology report for the site, enabling the client to hand back the site to the local authority. This project achieved a 98.5% recycle rate with over 1500 tons of brick and concrete being crushed to be re-used in the local area. The contract was carried out without any incidents or accidents.

Northampton County Council

Northampton County Council

Completion: 03.11.14 (12 Weeks)

DESCRIPTION Demolition and site clearance of Castle House the former Barclay Card office building built in the 1980`s and situated on Marefair in Northampton, Castle House was a reinforced concrete frame building clad with a single skin of brickwork. We also removed the slabs and foundations working alongside with an archaeologist who provided a watching brief during the process, the site was reinstated with clean crushed material and finished off with seeded topsoil.


We had to demolish the building in very close proximity to the main road with the Northeast corner only 2 meters away. We obtained a footpath closure a a full height scaffold to the front and two sides covered in mono-flex to allow the demolition to be carried out with no disruption to the busy road at the front of the building. The brick work was removed by hand to enable the building to be taken down into its own footprint by high reach machine without fouling the road. The demolition process was carried out working alongside the appointed scaffold company who dismantled the scaffold in stages as th came down. Carrying out the works behind the mono-flexed scaffold and utilising our dedicated dust fighter machine all dust and debris were contained to the site boundary with no complaints of dust received during the works.


The project was delivered on time within schedule and without any accidents or incidents in a very high profile area of Northampton City Centre.

McFletch - a nationwide operation with proven capabilities of being able to work anywhere in the UK

McFletch - a nationwide operation with proven capabilities of being able to work anywhere in the UK.

July 1st, 2012

Based in East Anglia, McFletch have a nationwide operation with proven capabilities of being able to work anywhere in the UK. Areas covered include not only general demolition and dismantling on commercial, industrial and residential sites, including enabling works, but also expertise developed in modern problem areas such as the demolition of large industrial areas including multi-storey city centre locations.

Search for Bridge House mural's new home continues

Search for Bridge House mural's new home continues

March 17th, 2012

The iconic mural on the side of Bridge House in Peterborough city centre has been successfully removed, but the search to find a new home for it continues.

The landmark mural has been removed from the building on Town Bridge by workmen over the past few weeks.

The 56-year-old mural was split up into 91 slabs, measuring one metre squared, by workmen from McFletch Construction and the slabs have been placed in storage at nearby warehouses.

The removal, which was completed earlier this month, was carried out as part of the demolition of Bridge House which is being knocked down as part of plans to re-generate the city's South Bank area.

But planning bosses at Peterborough City Council say they are no closer to finding a permanent home for the mural.

Geoff Badger, building services manager for the council, said: The removal of the mural went completely to plan, the workmen took very precise care to remove all the slabs and keep them in perfect condition.

“There were no hiccups whatsoever and the whole process only took just over two weeks. The slabs have gone into storage at warehouses and the next stage of the process is to find a new home for the mural.

“That search is still on-going and we will continue to be looking at a number of options.

Council leader Cllr Marco Cereste said a number of obstacles needed to be overcome to find the mural a new home including finding a space large enough to display it.

City historians had previously voiced their concerns about the mural languishing in storage for a lengthy period of time.

Chairman of Peterborough Civic Society Peter Lee said: “If the mural is put into storage then someone will have to pay to re-erect it.

I can imagine the council saying sorry, but we don't have the money.

t should be built into the budget of the development of the South Bank.

The mural features luminaries like Archimedes, Sir Isaac Newton and scholar Thomas Bradwardine and also figures from mythology including Nusuki, the Assyrian god of light and fire, and Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, and celebrates the growth of science and engineering.

McFletch Gets Friskie At Hitachi Heaven

McFletch Gets Friskie At Hitachi Heaven

Jan 1st, 2012

An Essex-Based demolition specialist is utilising a full range of Hitachi equipment to tackle the demolition of the former Nestle Friskies Cat Biscuits factory in Southall, Middlesex. Spearheaded by a new high reach specification Zaxis ZX350-3LC machine, the contract boasts so many HM Plant-supplies machines that it has been dubbed Hitachi Heaven.

An impressive line-up of Hitachi excavators is playing a pivotal role in the complex demolition of a former Nestle site in Middlesex. Supplies by HM Plant, the equipment us being used by McFletch to spearhead a demolition programme that will ultimately return a disused food factory back into a super-clean site. The PM Group (a major international design and project management company servicing the Food, Pharmaceutical, Education and Healthcare sectors) were appointed as the Construction Managers and CDM Coordinators for the Southall project. MD of its Rugby based UK operations Ward Catherwood said: The demolition and site clearance of the Ex-Friskies buildings has challenged the tram, due to the close proximity of other businesses and properties, and risk from the potential health hazards, PM's excellent long term relationship with McFletch and a meticulously planned programme of demolition has delivered another successful project.

Clinical Clean

Built in the 1060s, the factory stands amid a 2.0 hectare site that is bounded side by a railway shunting line to the rear and a cabal that runs along one side, both of which serve to make access awkward. The 10-week contract charged to McFletch Ltd is for the controlled demolition and dismantling of a four-storey office building, three factory units of three storeys each, together with numerous outbuildings and cold stores. One factor that makes the contract slightly more complex is the need to clinically clean the entire site. Indeed, the contract has such precise health and safety implications that the redevelopment has been five years in planning and work is conducted in accordance with a health and safety document that is War and Peace-like in its detail and sheer volume.

Hitachi Heaven

Spearheading the demolition works is a brand new Hitachi Zaxis ZX350-3LC supplied by MC Plant. Equipped with a 2 tone MBI MS201 shear, this is the first outing for the 35 tone machine and it has already made good use of its 24 metre upward reach. Chris Fletcher, McFletch's MD says “We pride ourselves on achieving high levels or recycling and materials reclamation so we have utlise the biggest of our Hitachi machines to systematically dismantle the main factory building. Fletcher continues; “Even though there are a wide variety of materials on this site, we are aiming to recycle at least 80% of all arising on site with even more materials being processed for recycling off-site. The Zaxis ZX350-3LC ay be the biggest Hitachi machine on the site but it is by no means the only one. Indeed, the site is using so many Hitachi machines that is has been dubbed Hitachi Heaven!

In addition to the ZX350-3LC, we also have a ZX250LC high reach machine handling some of the lower-level high reach work. These are supported by a Hitachi ZX210LC equipped with a revolving grapple, Hitachi fitted with a grab/grapple and three smaller Hitachi machines on site clearance duties.” Fletcher continues, The site has so many orange machines that somebody named it Hitachi Heaven and the name has just stuck! The name may stick even harder; Fletcher has recently ordered another five Hitachi machines including an additional Hitachi Zaxis ZX250-3LC unit to further strengthen an already impressive equipment fleet. Chis Fletcher is clearly a keen advocate of the Hitachi brand and believes the machines are ideally suited to the demolition environment.

Demolition is an extremely demanding application, so build quality and reliability is very important to us. The Hitachi machines are very reliable and our operators love them, which is another important consideration. Chis Fletcher concludes; I also try to maintain a young equipment fleet so the fact that they command a high resale vale was another key factor. I am also told that HM Plant's aftersales service is very good but, to be honest, the machines are so reliable we've had very little opportunity to test it for ourselves.

Demolition work on South Bank begins

Demolition work on South Bank begins

Oct 20th, 2011

Demolition work has started on a former hardware store as plans to regenerate the South Bank of the River Nene move into full swing.

Bulldozers set about tearing down the old B&Q store in East Station Road yesterday. The site is being cleared to make way for the South Bank Project comprising of developments of the Fletton Quays, Peterborough United's London Road stadium and also the £150 million Carbon Challenge Project.

After knocking down the B&Q store, contractors will then move on to 7 to 23 London Road, to demolish the empty block of shops and the former Metro nightclub. Council chiefs were unable to comment on the timescale of the development, but previous estimates indicated that the B&Q demolition would take a number of weeks.

The whole site will be developed in different stages, which is expected to take several years to complete. The demolition is part of Peterborough City Council's vision to rejuvenate the South Bank for housing development, with the potential for university, restaurant and cultural facilities as well as further links across the River Nene.

Richard Hodgson, the council's head of strategic projects, said previously that the demolition would bring those plans nearer as well as clearing space for the ongoing revamp of the Posh stadium.
Mr Hodgson said: The face of this area will dramatically change, with lots of landmark buildings being demolished, and it will kickstart the development in that area of the city. The original plans three or four years ago were about a possible residential development overlooking the river area and some leisure area and cafes.

The empty land created in East Station Road would be used as temporary parking for Posh matches. Further temporary parking will also be created on the empty London Road site once the shops have been demolished. This will be used to replace the parking which will be lost when contractors move to demolish the Moy's End of Peterborough United's stadium.

Planning permission for the £150 million Carbon Challenge eco-village has already been granted and will see 295 zero-carbon homes built on land between the river and the Posh ground, as well as a new food store.

John Bridge, chief executive of Peterborough's Chamber of Commerce, said all of the plans are exciting for the city. He also said it is important city residents to see work beginning to take shape. Mr Bridge said: People want to see these things practically happening, rather than plans on bits of paper and now there are many things starting to happen in the city and investments made in Peterborough. This will make the city grow and show it is open for investment.

End of an era as the Wirrina is demolished

End of an era as the Wirrina is demolished

Oct 11th, 2010

FOR decades it stood as a testament to thousands of fond memories of Peterborough people.

But on Sunday (10 October) the Wirrina centre was nothing more than a pile of rubble.

Over the course of just a few days the building which had stood for 57 years in Bishop's Road, Peterborough, had been demolished.

The Wirrina had provided entertainment to thousands of youngsters, spanning over three decades after opening as the Peterborough and District Youth Stadium in 1963.

It housed an eclectic variety of activities including ballroom dancing, roller-skating, indoor football and even the city's first sauna.

However, it has stood unused for the last 15 years and the decision to knock it down was made in May after a Peterborough City Council inspection found it to be unsafe.

The demolition was carried out by construction company McFletch, which began work by cordoning off the building last Monday.

Demolition experts then started initial work by removing materials from the building throughout the week.

And then at 6.30am on Saturday, the bulldozers moved in and started to quickly to bring the walls down.

By yesterday, the proud building was no more than a large pile of rubble all of which will be recycled by being taken for use in a variety of projects across the region.

Mayor of Peterborough councillor Keith Sharp said that the demolition of the Wirrina was a sad day for the city.

Cllr Sharp said: I am very sad to see the Wirrina being knocked down. I have got a lot of memories of going in there over the decades. I used to play football there, and then later on I was a referee at games played in the building. I even tried my hand at rollerskating once when I was 17 or 18.I think a centre like that is missing from Peterborough and it is a shame that at the moment there just isn't the money to sustain one.

Founding trustee and Peterborough City Council councillor Charles Swift believes the symbolic destruction of the long abandoned building was a sad day for the city. Cllr Swift said: “It will be sad to think of the Wirrina not being there but it has been closed for a long time. We put a lot of effort into making it a hub for the city and a lot of work went into making it the main meeting place in Peterborough. I think it would be excellent to have something like that again but it seems we are more interested in moving people in than giving them services.

When the Wirrina was first built Cllr Swift mortgaged his house for £5,000 to contribute to the £30,000 costs shared between the six founding trustees.

The Duke of Edinburgh wrote a letter to the founders after learning of their hard work to open the building in 1963.

Memories about the Wirrina have come flooding in since the announcement of the demolition last week.

One reader, commenting on The Evening Telegraph's website, said: I will be sad to see a wonderful building disappear into history and cherish my memories. As a former patron and then employee and part of its family I say thank you to Charles Swift and his family for being trustees during its heyday.




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