• PROJECT: Roxy Cinema
  • CLIENT: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR: D. Hughes Demolition & Excavation Ltd
  • PLANNING SUPERVISOR: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • PROJECT DESIGNER: Innov8 Safety Solutions Ltd
  • CONTRACT DESCRIPTION: Asbestos removal, demolition and site clearance of the former Roxy Cinema


The works consisted of the asbestos removal, demolition and site clearance of the former Roxy Cinema. Oldham.  The premises were situated in an industrial area in close proximity to the public highway and the M60 Motorway. The structures comprised of a former Cinema Building with various levels of not more than 3 storeys. The building was mainly constructed of masonry / concrete with various roof structures.

All concrete floor slabs, foundations including basement / cellar foundations to the building were completely broken out and removed off site. All retaining walls within the building were taken down and broken out including foundations. Infilled materials below the floor slabs were excavated down to the level of the existing surrounding land. All the concrete flagged area to the front elevation of the Cinema had to be protected at all times throughout the demolition works. On completion of the demolition and site clearance works some accommodation works were carried out

The whole of the site was covered with topsoil 100mm thickness.


  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.