• PROJECT: Atlas Park, Simonsway, Wythenshawe, Manchester, M22 5PP
  • CLIENT: Friends Life Ltd
  • PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Ltd
  • NATURE OF THE PROJECT: Demolition, asbestos removal and site clearance works of the various buildings on site
  • STRUCTURAL EGINEER: The safe and efficient removal of asbestos and demolition of identified buildings to facilitate the new development of the Friargate Masterplan. This scope of works is not exhaustive and if considered necessary, will be expanded to ensure that the final deconstruction is achieved in a safe and efficient manner.
  • CDM Co-ordinator: RPS


The site was originally part of Ferranti Buildings making electrical goods. Once this was closed various companies leased and occupied the buildings.

The site was situated close to Manchester Airport runways and the planes passed low creating a lot of noise. Therefore tools and vehicles used on the site was fitted with effective silencers of a type recommended by manufacturers to limit any nuisance.

In 2010 after all tenants left the vacant buildings suffered vandalism, with metal being removed and a poor state of repair.


D. Hughes carried out a joint inspection with the client’s representative prior to works and recorded the current conditions of all roads, pavements etc. formed the basis of what is required and if any conditions can be made good on if any damage should occur.

The work required was as follows- the safe removal and disposal of all the asbestos containing materials, the demolition of the buildings including the grubbing up of the ground floor slabs, foundations and basements.

All suitable materials arising from the works were crushed and stockpiled on site, all unsuitable materials were removed from site with a trained hydraulic excavator operator undertaking the load into the crusher and fully trained crusher operator undertaking the crushing works.
The stockpile of crushed material were then either left on site (for subsequent reuse) or removed.

Old heavy duty oil tanks were also present and clearly marked with the contents checked and arrangements made subsequently.

Following demolition the site was graded to existing levels and left clean and tidy for the next development stage.

Fully trained Banksman were always present during demolition to assist the excavator operator and ensure a safe distance was kept between buildings and safety of the operator.


  • Site immobilisation.
  • Erection of site security fencing.
  • Asbestos removal.
  • Soft strip.
  • Demolition
  • Removal of floor slabs and foundations.
  • Crushing and stockpiling.
  • Site clearance.
  • Removal of site security fencing.
  • Site de-mobilisation.

Asbestos containing materials were identified within the Demolition Asbestos Survey and these items were removed by D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Ltd. prior to the demolition of the building. 

Prior to the demolition of the building operatives proceeded to clear the building out of all the general fixtures, fittings, etc. using hand tools such as mattocks, sledge hammers and crowbars. The entrance to these zones during this period of removal was manned at all times to eliminate unauthorised access and warning signs were clearly placed with a fully experienced site supervisor over seeing works at all times.

Materials were disposed of in accordance to the company’s established Waste Management Plan.

Our operatives all wear suitable R.P.E and P.P.E in accordance with Health and Safety Regulations and Guidelines at all time.

Where it was possible the asbestos containing materials where removed as an whole and placed in clearly marked bags. These waste bags where then placed in a skip and taken to the waste tip.

All materials arising from the demolition work suitable for crushing was left stockpiled on site. The materials arising from the demolition works unsuitable for crushing were processed on site and disposed of in accordance with D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Ltd Waste Management Plan.