The site was set up and secured with fencing segregating the demolition zone. A suitable traffic management plan was implemented to avoid busy student areas. Positioned outside the boundary was a banksman, during demolition works he was in communication with machine operators at all times.
All services were terminated and disconnected before demolition works commenced. Before any mechanical demolition works could take place, buildings were soft stripped of all loose fixtures and fittings. Scaffolding was erected and hand separation was completed. A dust boss was used to supress dust, providing a blanket screen of water over a demolition zone to protect the surrounding environment.
Once the buildings had been demolished the exposed party walls were protected using timber and 1,000-gauge sheeting. Also, the slab, foundations and underground obstruction were removed.
Once the slab had been lifted, Lawson Group worked closely with an archaeological team to examine the ground to discover what lay beneath.
Excavation works revealed the occupation of the site from the Medieval to the Victorian times. The remains of Victorian brick buildings were found
within a very thick layer of black sediment from the 18th and 19th Century.
Excavation continued below these findings which revealed three medieval ditches and caves. In addition, a large amount of pottery and tiles were discovered.