• PROJECT: Fernhurst Mill, Fernhurst Street, Chadderton, Oldham
  • CLIENT: Peninsula & Century Properties Ltd
  • PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Ltd
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Thomason Partnership
  • CDM CO-ORDINATOR: Innov8 Safety Solutions Ltd
  • NATURE OF THE PROJECT: Asbestos removal and disposal, demolition and site clearance works of the former mill premises along with some minor accommodation work


The site consisted of a former 5/6 storey mill which was stood in its own grounds. The site was situated in a mainly residential area close to the town centre of Oldham.

The building started life as a Cotton Mill, over time the floors have been occupied by various businesses, and last known use was as a production facility for a luggage manufacturer (including offices). The site itself was at the end of a public road, adjacent to occupied residential dwellings, and sat along the side of a public footpath bounding a large area given over to allotments.


The work required was as follows- the safe removal and disposal of all the asbestos containing materials, the demolition of the former 5/6 storey mill including the grubbing up of the ground floor slabs, foundations, and all other forms of hard standings to the mill.

All suitable materials arising from the works were crushed on site, all open voids, basements were backfilled and the footprint of the site was blinded over with crushed material (6F2 specification) prior to the removal off site all surplus material.


  1. Site immobilisation.
  2. Erection of site security fencing.
  3. Asbestos removal.
  4. Soft strip.
  5. Roofing slate removal.
  6. Demolition (when advised).
  7. Removal of floor slabs, foundations and external hard standings.
  8. Crushing and stockpiling.
  9. Site clearance.
  10. Accommodation work (as advised).
  11. Removal of site security fencing.
  12. 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. The items were removed by operatives using a mixture of mini hydraulic excavators, mini skid steer loaders and by hand, using hand tools i.e. mattocks, sledge hammers, crowbars, etc. The mini hydraulic excavators and mini skid steer loaders were lifted into and out of the upper floors through a suitable window opening using an ultra- high hydraulic excavator.

The roof slates were removed next using a hydraulic platform where they were removed using hand tools, stacked into the operating cage and lowered to ground level and re-cycled.

Once all the previous works had been completed the demolition of the building was undertaken using ultra- high hydraulic excavators fitted with grab attachments.

As the building was reduced in height additional standard hydraulic excavators assisted in the processing and clearing of the materials arising.
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.