Southern Demolition Company Ltd (SDC) has been praised by the Considerate Constructors Scheme for its project to demolish two steel-framed office blocks at the Intec Business Park, on the outskirts of Basingstoke town centre in Hampshire.
SDC has been at the forefront of developing and maintaining the highest standards in the industry since 1953, specialising in all forms of demolition including industrial, commercial and domestic structures.
This project was carried out by SDC on behalf of client, Malcolm Hollis, a leading UK and Ireland commercial building consultant, acting as contract administrator.
Receiving exceptional and excellent scores in all areas of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, the work has been highly considerate, proving SDC’s credentials as a responsible demolition company.
The project involved the strip-out and demolition of two of the five buildings on the Intec Business Park.
Praising Scheme registration, SDC’s Operations Director, Keith Prangnell said:
“SDC has been trading for 62 years and Scheme registration has helped guide the company to continual improvement year after year. The Scheme’s Best Practice Hub highlights what other companies and individuals are doing, helping us pick up innovative ideas to introduce to our company and workforce. SDC are proud to be a demolition company and we welcome the Scheme for helping broadcast to the community our enthusiasm to incorporate these ideas, and help improve community relations.”
One challenge that SDC faced was that work needed to be completed within a restricted area between two buildings, just 50 yards apart, so they had to schedule their works to enable smooth progress, with as little disruption as possible.
They also had to rearrange parking facilities for the other business park users, along with the local residents and diversions for footpath users.
One delicate aspect of operations concerned building number five, which housed a live electrical substation, requiring the careful and safe dismantling of the building in sections using a high reach.
A further complication was that buildings four and five had their windows sealed with material containing asbestos.
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