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New lease of life for demolition waste

A major demolition job in Bolton has created 7,000 tonnes of hardcore and concrete waste which will help create the foundations of a new development.

Manchester-based J Freeley used the controlled collapse method to remove a number of redundant industrial buildings at a site on Manchester Road in the town.

Excavators armed with sheer attachments were used to cut off the roofs of the steel-framed buildings while the area was continuously sprayed with water to suppress the spread of dust and asbestos fibres.

The redundant site, which is a key gateway to the town was recently dubbed a “disgrace” by Bolton Metropolitan Council, but is now being tidied in readiness for extensive redevelopment by developer the Charles Topham Group.

Its director David Maddocks said: “We have used J Freeley for demolition work before and we knew they had the capability of carrying out this work using the so-called controlled collapse method. This involved demolishing the buildings remotely by excavator fitted with special sheer attachments.

“Time was critical on this contract to enable us to start work on the new development as soon as possible. We knew J Freeley would be capable of meeting our tight deadlines. In fact we were most impressed by the efficiency and speed of their demolition team.”

The mass of waste will now be crushed on site and given a new lease of life as part of the foundations for a commercial development to be called Springfield Court, which will have a state-of-the-art Renault dealership as the centrepiece.

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