2013-10-30 12:59:28 - Masterton’s expertise in managing complex city centre demolition projects is helping West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) kick-start a new 20,000sqm office development as part of a wider regeneration programme in Northampton. The St. Peter’s Waterside site represents a major part of the town’s redevelopment and encompasses land owned by WNDC and National Grid.
The scope of works includes the demolition of residential properties on Northampton’s Tanner Street alongside the demolition of commercial buildings across a 2-hectare site.
The tight town centre location, bordered by main roads and close to both a river and railway station, has called for careful planning to ensure minimum disruption to the local community. Masterton project manager Matt Harvey explains: “Throughout the demolition, the safety and wellbeing of the local population and environment is our primary concern. We are ensuring that noise and dust are carefully managed to minimise disruption to both residents and nearby businesses. In addition, we’re making sure that the wildlife on the nearby river is protected throughout the project.”
As well as safeguarding the nearby natural
habitats, Masterton has also established opportunities to recycle materials from the demolition. The arisings, including bricks and timber, are being carefully separated and 95% will be left on site to be used as back fill for the new development.
Peter Mawson, Chief Executive at WNDC explains why Masterton was chosen to manage the demolition: “Health and safety is a fundamental priority in a demolition project of this kind. We therefore needed a demolition partner who would demonstrate sensitivity at this prominent, town centre location. Masterton convinced us that they had the expertise to deliver a successful demolition and we’re delighted to have them on board.
“The demolition work is a symbolic moment for the regeneration of the town, and will pave the way for a flagship office development.”
Masterton will hand the site back to WNDC in December following the 10-week demolition contract.
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