German founded discount retailer Lidl, one of the largest grocery providers in Europe have extended its current 600 outlet operation by opening a second retail unit in St. Neots. The site, which will have a ground floor in excess of 2,000sqm, 78 parking spaces as well as additional warehousing and staff facilities, will provide 40 jobs in the local community whilst boosting the local economy and retail offering.
The development required asbestos removal prior to the sequential demolition of three buildings which included two residential houses and a motor showroom. The initial process was to remove roof tiles and stage a ‘soft strip’ of the motor showroom, with all materials removed by hand before the demolition took place.
A 20-24 tonne excavator fitted with a hydraulic grab was used to undertake the demolition works, removing the roof and walls. This procedure was repeated for each of the properties, with all hard material waste being discharged using 40yd3 Mick George RORO Skips to one of its transfer stations.
Once all buildings were demolished, the floor slab and footings were removed and added to the stockpile for crushing using a 360 excavator before being placed in an agreed area for the clients use.