Heavy demolition equipment delivered 28th Feb 2018 by DC Merrett, Specialist Services of Gloucester. Equipment included a ‘Heavy Excavation Bucket’ for the tracked vehicle and a ‘Demolition Safety Frame’ for protection. Note that arrival of equipment does not necessarily mean work is imminent – the contractors are able to store equipment at the site in advance of work starting.
“With the demise of Bristol’s most long-lived eyesore, the re-development of the site might, just might, herald the gentrification of the Stokes Croft area.”
Has some good pics of Stokes Croft through the ages.
The old doctors’ surgery at 4 Ashley Road is no more.
Photo credit: Jon Tan of The Mild Bunch
PG Group have written to say:
“Wrings have been on site for the last few days and removing foliage around the site, especially No 4 Ashley Road. It has become very apparent that this building is in a far more fragile state than was previously thought. At a project meeting today, Wrings reported on the state of this building and given the importance of Health and Safety, the decision has been made to bring forward the demolition of N0 4. Starting on Wednesday of next week, 14/2, Wrings are going to carefully reduced the building in a controlled manner. This will allow Wrings to open up the site to allow better site set up and access for the archaeologist. It will also make it safer for machinery moving around the site. Time lapse cameras have already been planned to be set up on Tuesday 13th, so these will record the entire process.”
The heavy machinary is arriving at the Carriageworks site, ready for nibbling away at Westmorland House.
Photos taken 6 Feb 2018
More on the Bristol Post website
The following is the update sent out by PG Group today (25 January 2018)
Update on the demolition works for Westmorland House and Carriageworks
If you made the meeting on the 10th January, you’ll have heard the Wring Group outline their plans for the demolition programme. If not, here is the latest news:
January has been spent undertaking design works and statutory notifications and they have now been able to confirm they will be on site from 5th February with the retention of the Carriageworks façade is planned for the last two weeks in February. If you have any questions please contact me. Here is the schedule for the next 3-months:
February – March
- Site set up – including fencing and welfare facilities
- Undertake environmental clean of site
- Working with ecologist on vegetation and levelling the ground
- Installation of facade retention to the Carriageworks. Scaffold protection to Westmoreland House
- Closure of pedestrian pavement from Carriageworks (by Best Supermarket) to end of Westmorland House FOR APPROX 6 WEEKS ONLY
- Installation of pedestrian access crossing point by Best Supermarket
Traffic Management: Wrings are currently working closely with Highways to finalise the carriage widths, BUT a two-way traffic flow on Stokes Croft will continue throughout these works and the life of the site.
- Once the facade retention and protection system is in place, the pavement will be reopened with a tunnel to enable pedestrians to pass by the works in safety.
- On-site demolition, including No 4 Ashley Road will start along with various other buildings on the site, Carriageworks structure – not the facade – and the Westmoreland House building.
Wrings Policy of recycle, reclaim and re-use.
Wring will follow the Demolition and WRAP Protocols in order to recycle, reclaim and re-use as much of the material arising as practical. They will be using the most up to date recycling equipment and most of the recycling operations will be recycled on site to reduce transportation. This recovering and recycling of all types of construction materials from wood to concrete, avoids all but the most essential use of landfill; concrete is crushed into different grades of aggregate, meeting construction needs, metal and timbers are processed, screened and segregated; bulky materials are removed mechanically.
If you have any specific question, please just get in touch with me.
Jenny Gee email@example.com
PG Group (the developers of the site) are trying to establish whether there are any cellars below Westmorland House or the Carriageworks. With demolition due to start in February this could be critical information.
People likely to know might be builders / surveyors who had dealings with the building, or anyone who used to work at the Regional Pools.
If you have any information do please get in touch with us – firstname.lastname@example.org