Fylde Building

Project name: Fylde Building, Preston

Client: UCLan

Scope: Full demolition of Fylde building

Duration: 15 weeks

Completion: February 2016

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) had ambitious plans to transform Preston’s Adelphi roundabout into a new civic square and Bradley Group was proud to play an important part as the first step in the £200 million project.

Fylde building was built in the 1960’s and used by the University as a school of languages. It was a 6 storey, 80 metre long reinforced concrete frame structure on a reinforced concrete slab with concrete panel cladding and glazed aspects. UCLan Director of Facilities Management, Paul Morris said: “The Fylde building was no longer fit for purpose, its demolition marks the end of an era and the first significant change to Preston’s landscape as part of the Masterplan.”

The demolition of UCLan’s Fylde building, which loomed in close proximity over the busy Adelphi roundabout, pedestrian footpath and the adjacent public house, required professional planning and preparation. Its demolition has significantly contributed to the regeneration of Preston’s landscape and skyline. The work was carefully managed to minimise disruption to adjacent buildings and the busy roundabout. Above all, our main priority was to ensure public safety.

The project included:

  • Total internal soft strip of office building
  • Established secure fencing, security and welfare facilities
  • Fully compliant scaffolding incorporating guarding system for falling objects and fall protection was applied to the building to protect the surrounding area
  • Robotic remote controlled Brokk demolition machines were used in conjunction with a 27 metre high reach excavator to demolish the floors of the building in a compliant and safe manner
  • The lower storeys were tackled by 50 tonne and 30 tonne excavators equipped with the latest hydraulic grabs and pulverisers
  • Removal of deep concrete slab and excavation of deep footings
  • Remediation of land and the grading of remaining site
  • Concrete crushing to recycle hardcore materials


To see a time-lapse video of the demolition please click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-hJnL6_mIM&feature=youtu.be