6th February 2020
Hughes and Salvidge have completed the demolition of the former Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Building and Shed 38 (Dry Storage) at Southampton Port’s Eastern Docks.
The historic VTS Building was a prominent feature in the Port’s skyline, but as part of a £4.3 million investment in the Port the quayside area was required to be cleared, along with Shed 38, to allow Ro-Ro Car Carriers to berth with future loads of cargo.
Starting the project in November last year, our scope of works included asbestos removal works, soft-strip, protection of an electrical sub-station on site, removal of high-level walkways around Shed 38 warehouse, demolition of Shed 38, removal of the radar tower from the high-level VTS Building roof, and demolition of the VTS Building and external staircase.
As the project was within a live, busy port, we were also required to implement a Traffic Management Plan that incorporated re-routing of some traffic routes for Port traffic. We also ensured the site was clearly segregated and signed, and that dust suppression methods were implemented and noise and vibration monitoring conducted.
A 500-Tonne Crane was used for the removal of the high-level walkways on Shed 38 and for the removal of the radar mast from the top of the VTS Building. We also utilised our 870-High-Reach machine for the structural demolition of the VTS Building.
Intricate seperation techniques were used between the demolition of Shed 38 and the remaining neighbouring shed. The remaining shed was re-clad to make it watertight and ready for future use.
The project was completed on time, to the client’s satisfaction, and without disturbance to the active operations of the remainder of the Port.
Article By Will Spong
Will has been a Business Development Executive at Hughes and Salvidge since 2016. He has worked on tenders for the UK Government, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and the Ministry of Defence.More article by Will Spong