Cheviot Court, Freeman Hospital

Working as Principal Contractor, O’Brien’s carried out full licensed and non-licensed asbestos removal using our in-house asbestos removal team followed by an internal strip out of the former office/accommodation block.

Careful ‘top down’ demolition then followed of the 10 storey, no fines concrete constructed tower. The tower was located in a very sensitive part of the Freeman Hospital which housed patients undergoing cancer treatment with very low immune systems. The risk of impact through dust and vibration had to be zero. Scott House, a newly constructed accommodation building for families of patients undergoing treatment was constructed less than five metres from the towers elevation. It has car parking and live services to the others. Within the bottom floor of the tower the plant room had to remain live during a portion of the demolition to accommodate diversions of critical services to the hospital.

Numerous meetings with the Infections Controls Team and hospital estates department were undertaken to explain and discuss control measures for aspergillus and environmental nuisance. A full height perimeter scaffold was utilised with Monoflex sheeting which was to be reduced in height progressively as building was demolished. The tower was then reduced floor by floor using remote controlled Brokk robotic excavators and mini 3t excavators which were craned onto the roof. Following total demolition the ground floor area was to be grubbed out and backfilled with crushed hardcore followed by hard / soft landscaping.

The project was completed to client satisfaction and without any incident or effects to the hospital or its patients. O’Brien’s was commended by the Trust for the success of the project;

Further to the completion of work to Cheviot Court today; as a Trust we are delighted with the service we have received from O’Brien.

A special mention must go to your Site Foreman Nigel Mackie who has delivered an exemplary service, dealing with matters above and beyond his remit.

We would appreciate if this could be conveyed to Nigel and the remainder of your Senior Management Team.

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