Ford Motor Company, Southampton



Ford Motor Company




Asbestos RemovalDecommissioningDemolitionDismantling and Asset RecoverySite Clearance

Ford Motor Company has been reorganising its UK operations, this included the phased decommissioning and demolition of the assembly plant at Southampton. Hughes and Salvidge were the selected contractor to complete the works.

Roof top view of Ford Motor Factory, Southampton

The main works consisted of the removal of all asbestos containing materials from the existing buildings and structures, a comprehensive soft strip of the buildings, the removal of all existing structures, together with the crushing of all resultant brickwork, concrete and hard inert arising’s plus the disposal of waste materials arising from the works.

The project was located adjacent to the M27 motorway, within 500 metres of Southampton Airport and bound by residential properties on three sides. Areas of the site also remained live with Ford operations throughout the duration of the works.

Some of the buildings had constraints that required specific methodology. Building A featured a geodesic roof structure. This required a specific methodology to prevent an uncontrolled collapse. The method was written based on correspondence with a structural engineer. Due to the nature and loadings produced by a geodesic structure, sequencing was very important to maintain the roofs structural integrity. We commenced demolition from the gable end working North to South.

To maintain the structures integrity throughout the demolition, the machine commenced works at the apex of the structure working back towards the sides. The tie bars were to be left in situ until the roof above had been completely removed to ensure that lateral restraint was maintained to the base of the roof structure.

Hughes and Salvidge were awarded this project through a competitive tender process. Our ability to offer Ford the complete solution – ‘demolish, crush, recycle’ entirely in-house, provided heightened environmental benefits and also represented a significant cost saving and added value to our client.

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