Aspect Four Demolition Services were contracted by Galliford Try as Principal Contractor to demolish Oaklands House, a former Railway Depot turned Hostel. The project’s investors included Tony Fernandes (QPR Co-Chairman), who visited the site along with Deputy Mayor James Murray and other local MPs. The project is a landmark scheme building 500 homes.
The demolition of the site had to be undertaken in phases, with minimal disturbance to the live Network Rail depot, which had shared access and boarded two sides of the site. Good liaison between Aspect Four, Galliford Try and Network Rail was essential throughout the planning of the works and led to a good relationship on site, with no disturbance to Network Rail.
The main demolition of the superstructure required the use of two Volvo High- Reach machines (25m) to reduce the risk and height of the main buildings. Once the main demolition had been completed, attention turned to the slabs and foundation. However, it quickly became apparent that the land was contaminated with asbestos. Aspect Four 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 programme time with a happy client and no accidents or injuries.