Colemans were chosen by Sir Robert McAlpine to carry out the extensive asbestos removal, soft strip and complex demolition and deconstruction works at the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, Nottingham.
The shopping centre is located in central Nottingham, situated partly on the old ‘Marshlands’ of Nottingham and partly over the historical caves and tunnels. The site is surrounded by key logistics routes, listed buildings, tram lines and extensive residential and retail space. Due to the lengthy list of constraints, methodology selection and logistical planning were key to the success of the project.
During works on site, areas of the 30,000m2 retail space within the centre remained live, with large elements of work being completed above live retail units and thoroughfares.
Utilising all elements of the team’s combined expertise, extensive works were carried out to remove:
- 5,000 tonnes of structural concrete, which was supported, lifted and removed from site
- 15,000 tonnes of concrete, which was traditionally or robotically demolished and recycled off site
- 38 tonnes of asbestos containing materials, which were safely removed
- 20,000 m2 of soft strip
- 20 lift shafts
- Eight escalators
Key areas of achievement on the project included the complex design and installation of props to facilitate the cutting and lifting of 500 x 10 ton concrete blocks from directly above the operational retail space, as well as deconstruction of structures surrounding Grade 2 listed buildings, adjacent to the operation cave tourist attraction.
Sensitive demolition works were also completed directly above the former Marshland and burial grounds with the help of several archaeologists and complex works around the main ‘Listergate’ thoroughfare route, which remained active throughout the project.