We’re taking a fascinating trip down memory lane in the latest episode of Mark’s Demolition Diaries, as Mark Coleman walks around Birmingham city centre to highlight some of the deconstruction jobs we’ve completed in the second city.
Colemans is built on Irish roots but has a proud history in Birmingham, founded in Stechford just five miles east of the city centre back in 1962. Mark starts our latest video by mentioning how his grandad used to be a labourer digging tram tracks in Birmingham – and our strong association with the regeneration of the city has continued since.
Today, Birmingham is a thriving centre for global business, with new developments spanning the city as part of the masterplan to accommodate growth and enhance infrastructure.
This is the first of a two-part episode where Mark revisits some of our biggest and most complex projects in Birmingham city centre.
Watch the video below to see:
- What it takes to execute a complex city centre deconstruction
- How we took measures to protect gold leaf and a historic organ in one of Birmingham’s most famous Grade I listed buildings
- The challenges of working with noisy demolition equipment in the busy financial district
- How we supported the restoration of a fire-damaged nightclub through façade retention and temporary works
He also spends time at New Street station, the site of Colemans’ biggest and most complex project to date. What started as a 30-week programme ended as a six-year project, with countless challenges to overcome.
See how we applied specialist cutting techniques, reused materials to support the circular economy and designed 220 separate temporary works schemes to make the redevelopment of New Street and Grand Central possible.
If that’s not enough, in the next video we’ll be focusing on how we helped create the stunning atrium that welcomes visitors to Birmingham when they step off the train.