At the end of 2016, Goody Demolition was employed by Your Lifespace Ltd to carry out the works at the former Somerfield’s building at 90 New Road, Rainham, Essex. The site was being regenerated to allow for the provision of a new mixed-tenure neighbourhood; providing 667 apartments, 38 houses and 12 maisonettes arranged
around extensive landscaped spaces and public realm, with over 1000m2 of commercial and retail spaces built for Clarion Housing Group.
Our works comprised the demolition of the redundant asbestos clad distribution warehouse, associated offices, workshops and hard standings. Special consideration had to be given for this site as it is less than 50 metres from the HS1 train track. There was a live sewer running under site as well as a large high-pressure gas main that was to remain live, which we successfully protected during our demolition works. There was also an electric sub-station on-site which we had to protect throughout the project.
Works on site were carried out and completed in a single phase. We first cleared all of the debris around site, segregated the materials and transferred them into skips for recycling. We then demolished the vehicle workshop and purged, de-gassed and removed the fuel tanks. Next, we carried out the asbestos removal, before commencing with the structural demolition of the office buildings and warehouse, before finally breaking up the slab and foundations. The buildings were demolished by pulling all materials away from the HS1 track, thus preventing any debris or materials migrating onto the railway’s property.