Demolition Of Pod Structure, Stoke College
Burslem Campus, Stoke CollegeConnell Brothers were appointed by Stoke college to demolish the single storey “Pod Structure” at the Burslem Campus, Stoke. The structure comprised of a number of reinforced concrete columns forming an undercroft and supporting a reinforced concrete slab at first floor level.
This in turn supported a reinforced concrete frame with brick infill walls forming the “pod” which was connected to the adjacent live college building by means of a reinforced concrete slab and lightweight link. Services to the building had been terminated by the college and all asbestos containing materials removed under a previous contract. The underside of the structure comprised of a timber and render soffit suspended from the main reinforced concrete slab.
Initial works comprised of installing a temporary hoarding to the link on the line of the retained building and the careful removal of the corridor structure by hand. This was then followed by mechanical demolition of the slab to fully separate the pod from the retained building.
Once this had been completed the soft stripping of the pod could be carried out, together with the removal of the timber and render soffit. Operatives using hand tools stripped out all the fixtures and fittings to the pod and removed them from the building via the opening formed by the removal of the link where they were placed in skips for removal from site. At the same time an excavator equipped with a hydraulic breaker carried out the removal of the timber and render soffit by peeling it from beneath the concrete slab. The arisings were then placed in a skip and removed from site.
Once these works were completed the remaining pod structure was ready for structural demolition by an excavator equipped with a combination pulveriser / shear.
Working away from the retained building the pod structure was systematically demolished onto the footprint of the building and the column legs reduced down to ground floor slab level. Once all the demolition arisings had been removed the columns were further removed to below the ground floor slab level and the resulting voids in-filled with concrete to leave a smooth finish.