Aspect Four Demolition Services were contracted by Galliford Try as Principal Contractor to demolish Oaklands House, a former Railway Depot turned Hostel. The project was backed by investors such as Tony Fernandes (QPR Co-Chairman) who visited the site along with Deputy Mayor James Murray and other local MP’s. The project is a landmark scheme building 500 homes.
The demolition of the site had to be undertaken in phases with minimal disturbance on the live Network Rail depot which had a shared access and boarded two sides of the site. Liaison between Aspect Four, Galliford Try and Network Rail was essential and positive throughout the planning of the works and this led to a good relationship on site with no disturbance to Network Rail.
The main demolition of the superstructure requires the use of two Volvo High Reach machines (25m) to reduce the risk and height in the main buildings. Once the main demolition had been completed attention turned to the slabs and foundation. However, it became apparent very quickly that the land on which the project sat was contaminated with asbestos. Aspect Four quickly brought this to the attention of Galliford Try and formed a remediation strategy to deal with the contamination in a safe, timely and cost-effective way. This led to the full project being completed within the revised program time with no accidents, injuries and a happy client