The focus is to bring forward major urban regeneration.
The principle is to open up a new “Boulevard” link down to Mill Bay Docks, which is all part of growing the city to regenerate the area and bring it forward for redevelopment for residential within the city.
So first of all we did site setup, fencing signage, etc. Then we did a removal of the asbestos, soft strip the building to remove anything that is basically not part of the main structure of the building, and being the driver you’ve got to be aware of what you’re demolishing and where it’s going to fall and where it’s going to land.
Also, be aware of the surroundings and the men that are working around us.
Once we demolished the back tenements of the building, the machine was able to build a pad to get the height to reach the higher parts of the bin.
We started with the roof and worked down through the building removing all items and separating them into their waste streams. Then we stop demolition to allow the scaffold riggers to come down and lower the scaffold to a safe height because we can’t have any scaffold that’s free-standing.
As we’re demolishing the building we separate the different materials. It’s not just a question of just flattening the building and loading everything away. Recycling is very important.
Where we’ve got to separate the different products from the building it’s really nice to have all of this activity going on. The city hasn’t seen such activity, within the boundaries of the city, for quite a long time, which is great news.
The slab will stay in place for the time. Then we’re going to import some crush material for the crane, which is going to sit on the site of the pub, ready for the 7th of November. Then we lift the footbridge.