Demolition of the former Engineering Building, University of Reading

Reading, Berkshire

Stepnell Ltd/The University of Reading


  • Asbestos Removal
  • Demolition


  • Universities

Hughes and Salvidge completed the demolition of the former Engineering Building on the campus of The University of Reading earlier this year.

870 machine Demolition of the former Engineering Building, University of Reading

Asbestos removal

Starting in April 2017, our scope of works commenced with asbestos removal from all buildings, before the soft strip of the buildings and the separation from a single storey extension.

The demolition of all existing structures, foundations, drainage and redundant services, concrete slabs and external hardstand areas then took place. We left retaining walls in place and punctured the base for drainage.

All resultant brickwork, concrete and hard inert arisings were crushed and stockpiled and waste materials were disposed of.

Technical demolition

Due to the nature of this project, we used the biggest machine in our fleet – the 870 – to ensure we stuck to programme and completed the works on time in August, 2017.

The remainder of the campus was a ‘live’ university so careful consideration was taken in regards to our surroundings and methods were created and conducted to ensure that dust, noise and vibration were monitored at all times.

Site Traffic Management was also closely monitored and communication between ourselves, the principal contractor and the University was at the forefront of our operation so as to cause minimal disruption to the surrounding campus.

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