In February 2016 L A Moore Ltd, a family run company based in Wells Somerset, were successful in securing the contract to demolish redundant buildings at the former Winfrith Technology Centre in Dorset for the Homes and Communities Agency.
The centre was being de-commissioned and a substantial part of the surrounding area was reassigned for business use. The inner complex remained under MOD security. To the rear of the complex was the headquarters of Dorset County Constabulary.
When Shaun Schroeder – demolition supervisor for L A Moore Ltd, realised he would be working in Dorset all summer, he knew he would miss the beloved flower garden from his home in Bristol.
Not going to be beaten he decided to move some of the hanging baskets to Winfrith and set up a flower display that would be the talk of the site.
Rainwater harvesting was set up to water the baskets which are a sight to behold. They add much needed colour to the demolition site and during the recent CCS visit received a special mention.
In addition local businesses have also benefited:
- The local Scouts Group have been donated recycled material to form a car park area for their scout hut. They have also been offered a delivery of trees/shrubs for bonfire night celebrations.
- A local company has also been donated some sleepers to assist with the siting of their site compound.
- Various office equipment has been given to a resident Company on the site who by way of thanks offered a donation to Children’s Hospice South West.
- Purbeck council have been donated office tables and chairs.
- Qinetiq have been donated various recycled benches and a smoking shelter.
- Bournemouth Churches Housing Association Limited has been donated items of kitchen equipment for their new project in Dorset which assists the less fortunate in the County.
The highlight of the project was the discovery of 2 unknown statues which were embedded in the gable wall of a building due to be demolished. Using very careful demolition procedures Shaun and the team managed to remove them completely. Sadly research was unable to establish their history.
L A Moore Ltd realised the importance of the statues and kindly donated them to the HCA enabling them to remain on the site therefore maintaining their heritage.
Demolition work continues and will run into 2017. Shaun and his team will continue to assist local residents and worthy causes whenever possible maintaining the philosophy that working as ‘a team in harmony with the local environment’ really does ensure satisfaction at all levels.