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In a four month contract, Manchester demolition specialists J Freeley Ltd demolished the Heatwaves Leisure Centre at Stockbridge Village and prepared the site in readiness for the building of a new primary school incorporating a children’s centre and family centre.

The leisure centre was a well known building in the area and its demolition marks the start of a new chapter for Stockbridge Village. The redevelopment of the village centre will not only include the creation of a new primary school but also a new swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym and leisure facilities, learning resource centre, police access point, multi-use games area (MUGA) and a supermarket.

The leisure centre’s design and imposing ‘mast’ meant that the demolition had to be carefully planned. As part of the roof loading was supported from the central mast, the dismantling had to be undertaken in a precise sequence to avoid any premature collapse of the structure during demolition.

J Freeley Ltd worked closely with specialist civil and structural engineers Thomasons at the planning stage to agree a carefully prepared sequence of demolition. As well as dismantling the building, J Freeley Ltd also removed the substantial foundations, substructures and cellars of the building.

J Freeley Ltd were appointed by Knowsley Council to carry out the project following a competitive tender.

The project was overseen on behalf of Knowsley Council by Mohammed Altaf, project manager of 2020 Knowsley Ltd which provides design and management services to the council.

He explained that environmental considerations and minimum disruption to residents surrounding the site were the two concerns that drove the demolition project forward.

“Knowsley Council has a strong reputation for maintaining and improving its environmental performance and it was important this was reflected in this demolition contract. The recycling aspects of the contract were an important part of the tendering process.

“More than 6,000 tonnes of concrete and masonry was generated during the demolition. This was crushed and processed on site to produce recycled aggregate which was then used for filling the underground voids and foundation spaces and to prepare the site for redevelopment. This significantly reduced the amount of construction traffic that would have been needed to take this material off site. It also meant that construction vehicle movements will be minimised when the redevelopment work takes place.”

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