Project :Former Tile And Sheeting Factory, Widnes
Client :Worldwide Construction Materials Company
Scope :Decommissioning, Asbestos Removal, Demolition
Decommissioning of chemical and manufacturing processes, notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos removal, reclamation of equipment for transfer to other facilities, full site demolition ready for remediation works to facilitate 145 new homes.
Eternit factory during decommissioning and reclamation of equipment
Whilst still a live factory until 2012, the site has a history of production with raw asbestos fibres and other hazardous chemical processes requiring a multi-stage approach prior to the demolition of the structures themselves. The site is also extremely sensitive in the local area, with all activities taking place under close scrutiny from Environmental Health Officers, HSE and residents.
320,000 ft ² factory space decommissioned, cleaned and demolished
• Fully intrusive chemical and asbestos surveys commissioned.
• Detailed planning of the works for regulatory approval.
• Initial decommissioning of accessible manufacturing and chemical processes
• Soft strip of buildings.
• Notifiable and non-notifiable asbestos removal to allow further decommissioning and removal of re-usable plant and equipment by
• Full asbestos strip run sequentially to allow recovery of materials for salvage.
• Erection of birdcage scaffolds to remove ACM’s.
• Employment of former factory staff to assist in the managment of the process.
• Areas of the factory compartmentalised, cleaned and validated to allow sequential demolition.
• Hard materials segregated for re-use in development after testing.
Complex temporary works required to access areas and connect negative pressure units
Through careful planning and execution, a technically challenging site is no longer unsuitable for development, with initial works leading to a smooth and safer transition into the remediation phase of the scheme.
A wide range of chemical processes had to be dealt with
Asbestos sheets on roof removed from enclosure to stop contamination spread
Areas Approaching Completion