• PROJECT: Burnley General Hospital Block 43, 16-21 and 65
  • CLIENT: East Lancashire Hospital, NHS Trust
  • PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Limited
  • NATURE OF THE PROJECT: Asbestos removal, soft strip, demolition and site clearance
  • CDM Co-ordinator: Tweeds Project Services


2The safe and efficient removal of asbestos, demolition and site clearance of a redundant Hospital Building.

Block 43-3 storey building with basement

Block 16-Old facilities and estates HQ

Block 17-Old joiners and timber Store

Block 18-Old PFI workshop offices

Block 19-Old car parking office

Block 20-Supplies department

Block 21-Painters and electronic medical workshop

Block 65-Lamont Clinic

3The works comprised of the demolition of existing buildings including:

  • Site immobilisation
  • Asbestos removal
  • Soft strip
  • Roofing slate removal
  • Demolition
  • Reclamation of stonework
  • Crushing and stockpiling
  • Backfilling of basements, foundations voids and service ducts etc.
  • Site clearance.
  • Site de-mobilisation.

burnley hospitalWith an Asbestos Survey confirming asbestos onsite our operatives set to work on the removal of Asbestos with all areas being barriered off to prevent unauthorised access. Our  trained operatives could perform the removal with a mobile platform being used to reach high areas containing asbestos cement with PPE and RPE being worn and keeping to health and safety regulations.

Operatives proceeded in clearing out the buildings of general rubbish, fixtures and fittings before then removing roofing slates for salvage. A mobile hydraulic platform was used to access the roof by our trained work force wearing harnesses with assistance from our banksmen.

Once all previous works were completed the demolition of the buildings proceeded using our excavators working from the roof downwards. We worked together with community and when possible used our excavators and tools on quieter periods of the days with wet dust suppressions techniques used to keep dust to an absolute minimum.

All concrete ground floor slabs were completely broken out and removed. Any stone copings were removed with care for the trust to be able to reuse them with other materials suitable for crushing being stockpiled. Any waste was handled carefully to correct segregated skips.

All materials are always kept in accordance to DHD Waste Management Plan with commitment to any materials than can to be recycled with the site being left clean and tidy and levelled.

Our site supervisor overlooked, monitored and documented all works during our time on site with them also reporting and being reviewed by a member of our management.