The old Fox Wood School catered for up to 80 pupils aged between 4 and 19 years, with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and other complex medical needs. The facility at Chatfield Drive had become unsuitable for the complex needs of the students and so a new facility was constructed for them 3 miles away at Woolston. The old school then became derelict and the subject of significant vandalism over the following years until Warrington Council came up with a redevelopment plan for a residential scheme. Hardcore Crushing Ltd were delighted to win the contract to demolish the old school; competing against dozens of other potential contractors.
The works involved preliminary investigation works to assess the presence of bats and nesting birds and once we confirmed that the structures were clear we commenced with the hazardous asbestos removal followed by the ‘Soft-Stripping’ and removal of any remaining internal fixtures; fittings; chattels; lightweight partitions; ceilings; floors and floor finishes; mechanical & electrical equipment cables; conduits and pipework, and all waste materials from throughout the buildings. We then demolished the building super-structures and broke-out and excavated the ground floor slabs and foundations.
We always aim to recycle as much material as possible, so all materials arising from the demolition works were segregated into the separate waste streams and then sent to local recycling centres for processing. We even crushed and recycled all the concrete; brick; block and other ‘hard’ materials to create over 4000 tonnes of recycled aggregate, which were then sent off site for use on other construction projects locally.
The contract was completed under budget and on time, and Warrington Borough Council were very happy with our performance saying…”Please pass on the thanks to your team for a very neat and tidy job” (Dave Regan – Warrington Building Surveyor)