Woodford Lodge High School & Leisure Centre was located on Woodford Lane West Winsford. The site was bounded by Hebden Green Special School and a Neuro Muscular Centre . From the outset Dust, Noise and Asbestos were to become the major factors of this project. The building was erected by the Consortium of Local Authority Special Programme (CLASP) or the Second Consortium of Local Authorities (SCOLA) systems. They were designed to be of standard construction using a relatively light-weight steel girder construction with panel infill. Large quantities of asbestos were used in their construction, in such diverse locations as ceilings, partition walls, heaters, water tanks, pipes and window surrounds.
A safe system of work was formulated to minimise the impact of the works on the adjacent premises. Vale Park Demolition Services gave a presentation which was attended by Clinicians from the Neuro-muscular Centre and teaching staff and parents of Hebden Green Special School. The presentation explained the manner in which the demolition works would be carried out and in particular the removal of a very large quantity of licensed asbestos material and the control of noise, dust and construction traffic.
Following the presentation a site visit was arranged for representatives of both parties to see a live asbestos enclosure and speak with the analytical team that were employed to monitor the works and carry out external air monitoring at the site perimeter. The goal of the presentation and subsequent site visit was to ease the natural and very understandable anxieties both parties shared and was very successful. Newsletters regarding the progress of the works were sent to the Neuro-muscular Centre and Hebden Special School each month to keep them updated.
CDM, fencing, welfare, security and CCTV was established and site access was strictly controlled.
The demolition was sequenced to retain an element of the structure which would form a barrier thereby protecting the adjoining premises from noise and dust. Dust suppression was a priority throughout the works. This allowed 85% of the structures to be demolished with no impact on the adjacent premises. The remaining structure was then demolished over a set number of weekends. The project was finished on time and to programme
- Client :Cheshier West & Chester Council
- Location :Winsford