Liberty Point, Southampton: June to August 2013
This project involved the complete soft strip out of wards and operating theatres and the removal of aerated concrete roof planks.
The roof planks had sustained damage through the years and were in a dangerous state, propping was offered to the underside of the planks, prior to the works commencing.
There were issues with regards to how materials would be cleared from this site, the wards in the hospital adjacent to our works were live, therefore, methods had to be devised, whereby the materials created by the soft strip and roof plank removal, could be transferred down to skips, without causing a nuisance to patients and staff of the hospital.
There was also the issue of the fact that we were intending to remove roof planks, thus opening the hospital up to the elements.
Portsmouth Demolition’s management worked closely with our clients and the following was implemented. The road adjacent to the skip compound was one way early in the morning and changed it’s one way direction after 9am, this road was one of the main roads in and out of the hospital grounds. Skip deliveries and collections had to be organised with the aforementioned in mind. Our site supervisor arranged a time that this one way road could be temporarily closed, banksmen policed either end of the road, the skip lorry would visit the site and either drop off or collect a skip, the lorry had to be in attendance at all times, this was in case an ambulance or the like needed to use this road, if this were the case, the road would have to be reopened immediately.
The area where the roof planks were to be removed, was covered with a Scaffold/tin clad housing, this ensured that the area which was being opened up was weather proof.
A full scaffold tower and hoist was erected, this was some 500yds from the work area and on the opposite side of a road within the hospital, a scaffold walkway was erected across the road and onto the roof of the hospital. Due to the concerns regarding the unstable condition of the roof, crawling boards were laid across this roof to the working area.
Materials from the strip out of the wards and operating theatres were passed up through an opening in the roof and transferred via the crawling boards, scaffolding and hoist, until finally being placed into skips.
We were also asked to carry out additional wall removal works during this contract.
This project was completed within our envisaged time and within budget....click on an image to view...