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Demolition of Redundant IT Building, Millbay Docks, Plymouth

As part of the ongoing development works within the port area DDE (SW) Ltd were favoured with instruction from Associated British Ports to demolish the former IT and Arrivals/Departure building at Millbay Docks.

The buildings comprised of single and two storey timber framed buildings, key structural areas of which were showing significant decay. Asbestos surveys procured by DDE (SW) Ltd identified asbestos panelling and debris in floor ducts as well as extensive textured coating and vinyl floor tiles. Licenced material works were completed by an approved sub-contractor and remaining asbestos products removed by trained and certificated DDE (SW) Ltd personnel. In addition to the mandatory independent analytical works required for the licenced removal the non-licenced works were also subject to air testing in line with the companies own quality assurance policies.

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The buildings involved, bordered the line between public and secure areas of the port and DDE (SW) Ltd worked closely with the port security officers to maintain security, with 70m of new security fencing being installed by completion of the site works.

A major fibre optic junction box close to the building could not be isolated and was protected throughout during the works.

Works started in late November and worked to a schedule to allow completion by the start of the pre Xmas ferry operations, with all works being completed in a little under 4 weeks.

By careful planning of the works the site team were also able to remove sections of the building to allow installation of temporary toilet and shower units necessary for the continued operation of the commercial freight element of the port.

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Floor slabs and foundation concrete were removed with all materials being separated into appropriate waste streams. Timber and metals were sorted and recycled, general waste was hauled to a local waste transfer station for further processing and all hard core and concrete material was transferred to Dorton Groups Challonsleigh Recycling Centre for processing and future reuse in the construction and agricultural industries.

Future works by the client will involve additional drainage, lighting and CCTV provision. On completion of the demolition works the area was left graded over and consolidated and compacted, providing a clear site for incoming contractors.


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