Active was appointed as main contractor to undertake the demolition and enabling works package for the former Grupo Antolin building, a BMW/Mini factory used to produce and inject car foam to motor vehicles through its production line.
The Antolin Building
Westwood Cross Shopping Centre, Ramsgate
Active was appointed as main contractor to undertake the demolition and enabling works package for the former Grupo Antolin building, a BMW/Mini factory used to produce and inject car foam to motor vehicles through its production line. The structure was removed to ground bearing slab in order for CC Cousins to construct an overflow car park for the newly built flagship Primark Retail Unit.
Land Securities mandatory Sustainability and Environmental target, whereby more than 90% of the building was to be recycled into renewable resources, were met by Active by choosing an alternative route of demolition by unbolting and dismantling the frame piece by piece, bolt by bolt for a buyer whom will then re-erect for an end consumer.
The structure was a portal frame with a constructional steel front office block with a gross internal area of 6,835 square meters.
Removal of all out buildings, 1,500 square meters of the office first floor slab, windows, mechanical and electrical equipment, soft furnishings and internal walls and partitioning allowed the soffit to be netted prior to a complete declad and dismantle of the frame. Along with the frame and cladding panels, all suspended ceiling tiles, air conditioning units, raised access flooring, roller shutters and windows were removed from site for re-use.
With an eight-week programme and restrictions to on-site traffic due to an adjacent live shopping complex, the project was highly challenging, however completed to a high standard of safety and within the programme schedule.
As part of the works, Active had to protect and retain external boundaries, UKPN electricity sub-station, street furniture within confines of the site, front car park and paving, inclusive of soft landscaping. As Main Contractor, Active established the site equipped to undertake the works conforming to CDM 2007 regulations and Health and Safety at Work Act. Site welfare provisions exceeded the minimum requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and the smoke-free (Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2006.