This city centre complex demolition project was awarded to MJ Finnigan Limited following an extensive pre – qualification and competitive tender process. The works included for asbestos removal and demolition of a number of different buildings in the middle of Bolton Town Centre. These ranged from multi storey office, shops, high rise retail units, residential flats and a Sunday school.
The 1.5 acre site was situated at the junction of Great Moor Street and Newport Street right in the heart of the busiest vehicular and pedestrian routes in the town. Due to the restrictive nature of the working environment the works had to be carefully planned mindful of the public and live business in the area.
The works also called for full site re mediation, removal of all buildings basements, slabs and foundations. These were crushed and used as backfill on site with the surplus retained for use on the main interchange project.
Contract Specific Challenges
- Location – due to the city centre environment a combination of demolition techniques were employed from high reach demolition to full height scaffolding and a “floor by floor” approach.
- Noise and Dust – kept to a minimum at all times. “Dust BOSS” plant were employed and very effective throughout the project.
- Liaison with a number of stakeholders was key to the smooth running of the works. This included Transport for Greater Manchester, Network Rail, Bolton Council, and many local shops and businesses. A resident liaison officer was employed by MJ Finnigan to ensure that the local community had no concerns about the works.
- Programme challenges – the client had a very tight programme for delivery which meant all the work activities and to be carefully managed and sequenced.
- Working alongside archaeologists
- Retention of live HV electrical services and substation feeding Bolton Town Centre.
- A letter of recommendation and some photographs are included as part of our presentation.