Demolition firm J Freeley has chalked up £1m of school contracts in under two years with the completion of its latest project. Manchester-based Freeley demolished the former Stamford Community High School in Ashton under Lyne for its client Inspiredspaces Tameside, a company set up to deliver the government’s Building Schools for the Future programme in the area.
The demolition was delayed for a year due to the discovery of a bat colony in one of the school blocks and because the site had been booked for the filming of episodes of TV comedy drama Shameless. Once the work finally got under way, Freeley completed it in 18 weeks, a fortnight ahead of schedule.
It was the firm’s sixth school project since spring 2012, following two others on Tameside, two at Connah’s Quay in Flintshire and one at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Managing director John Freeley said:
Education is a strong growth sector for the business and we are delighted to have successfully completed another major contract for a key client.
The project was held up by the presence of bats in the three-storey east block. Freeley worked with ecologists to ensure the demolition work did not endanger the bats. Bat boxes were put up in trees around the school grounds to provide a safe shelter before demolition, and the company arranged for high-intensity lighting to be installed and focused on all sides of the building to deter bats from roosting inside.
Part of the site is being sold for housing, while part will accommodate a new primary school. The former Stamford Community High was used for a period as a campus for the New Charter Academy but had lain empty since September 2011. Freeley said 34 tonnes of asbestos materials were removed before demolition could begin, while 15,000 tonnes of hardcore were recycled and left on the site for re-use. In total, four buildings were demolished but an electricity sub-station was retained.
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