Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester

Project name: Manchester Business School

Client: MACE

Scope: Phased project

Phase 1 – wide scale structural alterations requiring a high level of precision, involving: soft strip, mechanical and manual demolition, bespoke propping solutions, asbestos removal

Phase 2 – enabling work, mechanical and manual demolition, complete demolition of tower with lift shafts, asbestos removal

Duration: Phase 1 commenced January 2016, Phase 2 is currently underway with completion due 2017

Following the successful high profile demolition of the University of Manchester bridge over Oxford Road – a complex job over one of Europe’s busiest bus routes, the Bradley Group commenced another project for Manchester Business School. This multi-million pound project reflects the Group’s ability in building and retaining relationships with clients. The scale of this current project is showcasing the Group’s impressive expertise and capabilities of complex work in a busy and built up location; necessitating an integrated project management approach. Planning and project management has been essential for coordinating work to proceed safely and efficiently in a number of locations simultaneously to maximise the use of road closures. Access into site is being strictly monitored with operatives carrying two-way radios due to the scale of the works and multiple areas which are strategically being operated.

Phase 1

  • Programmed manual and mechanical demolition of sections of buildings within Devonshire House and Harold Hankins using our range of Brokk 60, 100 and 160 remote controlled demolition machines, demolishing core walls to a height of 1.2 metres
  • Soft stripping to internal areas including retail shops
  • Removal of asbestos in a compliant manner under controlled conditions
  • Use of a card system to ensure safe sequenced demolition from the top down
  • Temporary bespoke propping solutions designed and installed to assist demolition of core walls and roof sections on the facades of the selected buildings
  • Demolition of a glass atrium roof
  • Traffic management and closure of footpaths professionally managed with protection works used on roads and footpaths
  • Use of a range of equipment from micro diggers (for breaking concrete slabs) to a high reach excavator assisted by our 50 tonne excavator
  • Safe and efficient removal of waste scheduled throughout using planned transit routes
  • Dust suppression used continuously throughout the works
  • Hierarchical control measures diligently applied due to the scale of works and potential for hazards
  • Competent site security measures used

Phase 2

  • Demolition of a 10 storey tower with lift shafts
  • Strip out of hotel
  • Further manual, micro mechanical and mechanical demolition to sections of buildings
  • Removal of asbestos from vast boiler room under controlled conditions and compliantly removed off site
  • Demolition work taking place simultaneously at several locations to maximise road closure: the traffic management plan being constantly reviewed and adapted as the project continues

Overall the project will produce a mixture of general waste which will be recycled and turned into energy, timber which will be chipped for biomass and hardcore, which will be recycled into re-usable crushed particles and pipe bedding.

The second phase is currently underway and we will be updating the website with progress.

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