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Maple Grove Developments/Eagle Star House – Manchester City Centre
Connell Brothers have recently completed the demolition of Eagle Star House situated on Mosely Street in the city centre of Manchester. This contract is the latest in an impressive portfolio of challenging city centre projects completed by Connell Brothers and was conducted on behalf of Maple Grove Developments to make way for new offices for law firm Cobbets.
The Demolition of this eight-storey structure took almost four months and posed a variety of difficulties and constraints on site. Eagle Star House was located in the central business district of the city centre, it also ran alongside the Metrolink tramline and an arterial bus route in and out of the city.
Due to the restrictive nature of the surrounding environment careful planning and Liaison played a crucial role in the smooth running of the contract. Working closely with the City Council, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, and the stringent rules and regulations for contractors working adjacent to the Metrolink.
Connell Brothers negotiated the possession and overnight shut down of the Mosely Street tram. This allowed the re routing of overhead cables which had previously been suspended off the building to new temporary posts.
The Mosely Street elevation was fully scaffold, and encompassed with monarflex sheeting. Due to the location of the works, a planned sequence of weekend road closures had to be implemented to allow for excavators to be craned up to roof level to deconstruct the Mosely elevation building floor by floor. This was carried out until safe to complete the remaining demolition utilising the specialist high reach excavator capable of reaching 40 metres. Exterior tunnels were created on the scaffold to the Mosely Street elevation to allow operatives to move around the building whilst enabling pedestrians to continue utilising one of the busiest streets in the city with a minimum of disturbance to their daily lives.
Exterior tunnels were created on the scaffold to the Mosely Street elevation to allow operatives to move around the building whilst enabling pedestrians to continue utilising one of the busiest streets in the city with a minimum of disturbance to their daily lives.
The demolition process created considerable interest to passers by. Not only were the eyes of the general public on Connell Brothers but so were those of numerous chartered surveying practices, and clerks of works who inhabit a number of the adjacent and surrounding buildings.
Due to the densely populated commercial location of the site Connell Brothers were keenly aware of the environmental awareness required on a project of this size and nature Detailed noise assessments were implemented coupled with out of hours working in order to ensure none or very little disruption.
Detailed noise assessments were implemented, coupled with out of hours working in order to ensure none or very little disruption. The project was made further complex due to the requirement for design and installation of specialist propping to hold back the basement wall supporting the road and rails for the adjacent Metrolink.
During the course of the project Connell Brothers will undertake a strict regime of Health, Safety and Environmental auditing of the works with regular visits from external advisors to ensure that it runs to programme without accident or incident and maintains the company’s enviable blemish free Health and Safety Record.
The project Director appointed for the demolition was Mr Barry Connell, who is well versed and experienced with city centre works, having overseen the demolition of the former Marks and Spencer’s complex in Manchester which earned Connell Brothers the prestigious award of “Demolition Contractor of the Year.”