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DDS Demolition carried out the demolition of a leisure centre which included the protection and preservation of the historical ruins of St James Church.
The 11th century Church carries grade II listed building status and sits on the outskirts of the site of the former leisure centre in the form of preserved ruins. The leisure centre buildings are of mixed construction. The sports hall was a steel frame structure with lattice beams, infill brickwork walls and profiled metal roof sheets. The swimming pool and office buildings are constructed with insitu poured concrete, precast concrete beams, precast concrete panel systems and infill brickwork.
Services were isolated and terminated to the structures, trees protected and clear demarcation routes fenced to mitigate impact on the surrounding public spaces. Scaffolding was erected, clad in Monarflex to protect the adjacent footpaths and roadways. Asbestos removals were carried out and buildings soft stripped internally before demolition down to ground. The demolition included break out of ground slabs and foundations under archaeological watching brief. DDS used non percussive machinery to avoid unnecessary vibration, instead using rotating cracking method to protect the historical church structures. All demolition arisings were processed and concrete/hardcore arisings crushed to specification. Voids were filled to provide a level and graded site. All additional materials arisings were removed from site.
DDS assisted the safe removal of significant items from the scheme such as a large clock, goods from the sports hall, a reception desk, lockers, pool timing equipment and DDA specialist items. Each of the items were recovered and provided to the client for future use.
DDS Demolition forms the specialist demolition division of DDS Group, providing industry leading excellence nationally. Often operating as a natural extension to DDS Contracting, we are able to offer our clients a complete turnkey enabling works solution.
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