Large scale soft-strip, asbestos removal and demolition

Project Particularskier

Client: Kier Developments Ltd

Contract Administrator/Client Agent: Gardiner & Theobald LLP

Timeframe: 6 Months

Contract Type: JCT (MW)

Project Overview

The internal strip out back to shell of all internal finishes, walls and M&E services, and asbestos  removal to Capital House, and the demolition of the Royal Oak Pub.

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Principal Contractor

MSS Environmental acted as Principal Contractor under CDM regulations during all enabling works. All soft-stripping and asbestos removal works were provided by an in-house team; the demolition works were provided by a sub-contracted partner.

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Site Safety

The Construction Phase Plan laid out a detailed approach to managing site safety. In addition to our in-house H&S managers involvement in the project, MSS also recruited the services of an external CDM H&S advisor to ensure that every action was taken to prevent accident or incident on-site.

Challenges

1. Capital House houses the main communication towers for both BT & other mobile operators. Significant plant including a cooling tower had to be removed from the roof in a sensitive manner to prevent any disruption to these services. MSS worked closely with the Communications providers and electrical engineers to prevent any loss of signal.

2. Unexpected, additional asbestos containing materials were identified within the Royal Oak pub part way through demolition. This meant that work had to be stopped. As licensed asbestos removal contractors, MSS were able to deal with the problem swiftly to prevent any delay in the overall programme.

3. The site is of architectural interest to the City. The client therefore allowed access to architectural teams to carry out digging work. Because of the significant volume of heavy plant being used on-site, MSS were responsible for liaising with the architects to ensure their safety and to assist in planning their movements around the land adjacent to Capital House.

Additional Services

Kier had lost their fit-out contractor meaning that this element of the package needed to be re-tendered. In order to keep this element of the programme moving forward, MSS were commissioned to install a smoke shaft and carry out masonry repairs.

Additionally, site security became an issue during evening periods when teams had left site. MSS were able to provide in-house SIA accredited security staff to cover these periods.