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Tower block demolition on Halifax's Beech Hill estate complete

Tower block demolition on Halifax's Beech Hill estate complete

The demolition of three 18-storey high-rise tower blocks, nine garages and a council depot facility on Beech Hill in Halifax has now been completed by specialist enabling works contractor, Rhodar.

Beech _Hill _before _-_webThe demolition of Westbrook Court, Blenheim Court and Cobden Court is part of the Calderdale Together Investment Partnership, a partnership between Together Housing and Calderdale Council which aims to deliver up to 650 affordable homes for rent and ownership over the next five years, including new homes at the Beech Hill site as well at other sites across Calderdale.

Beech _Hill _after _-_web

The work began in May following an internal strip out. Taking place over 40 weeks and with over 100 operatives working on the site during key phases, a 54-metre super high reach excavator was used to demolish the towers.

Throughout the demolition, 150,000 tonnes of brick rubble, 700 tonnes of metal waste, 210 tonnes of general waste and 140 tonnes of hard core were recycled.

To mitigate any localised impact from dust, noise and vibration during the works, Rhodar implemented a range of measures:

  • Mist cannons and water suppression jets were attached to the demolition equipment to minimise the dust migration generated from the demolition works.
  • All machines were fitted with silencers to minimise the noise generated during usage. This equipment was also fitted with stop-start technology and only used between the hours of 8am and 5pm.
  • Regular vibration, dust and noise monitoring was undertaken throughout the duration of the works, with monitors stationed at strategic locations around the site, to ensure that such impacts were kept to a minimum.

The site was also assessed and awarded with a certificate of compliance as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Here is a time-lapse video of the demolition:

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