GSK Tonbridge

PROJECT DETAILS

Principal Contractor:
General Demolition

Client:
Ashill Developments

Project Manager:
Robinson Low Francis LLP

CDM Coordinator:
Robinson Low Francis LLP

Consulting Engineer:
RSK

Cost Consultant:
Robinson Low Francis LLP

Project Summary

General Demolition was challenged with the extensive demolition of 150,000 sq ft of commercial buildings at the former Glaxo Smith Kline pharmaceuticals facility at Powder Mill Lane, Tonbridge. With so many factors to consider, this project in particular proved to be a technologically challenging job for General Demolition, mainly due to the nature of the site and its previous use.

With Ashill Group’s detailed planning application for 73 new homes approved, General Demolition set about demolishing the 22 buildings on site to slab level. 8 excavators were used during the demolition process including the use of a 30 metre long reach machine.

As always, a project of this magnitude required General Demolition to be mindful of the local residents. To keep disruption to a minimum General Demolition avoided using the residential roads surrounding the site and instead opted to open up 2 new access points to the side.

In December 2013 work had temporally finished for the Christmas break and the site had been closed. Unfortunately on Christmas eve the nearby River Medway burst its banks causing severe flooding in the Tonbridge area and devastating many of the local homes and business. The majority of the local roads were inaccessible and a number of residents near the Powder Mill site were cut off.

In keeping with the considerate contractor ethos General Demolition opened up the site on Christmas Day to give local residents access through the site allowing them to utilise the 2 new access points that had been created.

Despite acts of nature and the intricacies involved in the project General Demolition completed the job within the clients deadline.

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