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Located in  Wincheap Retail Park, Canterbury, this former Argos, is another large retail strip out and dilapidations works contract.

First we established that a refurbishment and demolition (R&D) survey had been undertaken. After reading the findings. Preparing a Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan (CPP) with associated Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS).  Briefing our team on all Health and Safety (H&S) aspects of the upcoming project.  Confirming all team members understand the risks associated with their various work tasks and sign the Risk Assessment and Method Statement (RAMS) confirming knowledge of the risks and method of working.  


We developed a site logistics plan for the strip out, demolition and enabling works phase. A Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) was also created to anticipate our likely carbon foot print per project.  Record our carbon footprint accurately each week and per project.


This information was presented each week to clients at the weekly progress meetings. 


Following the statutory notifications, health and safety installations, signage and guidance. Site hoardings, site canteen, changing rooms and other site welfare facilities were erected or repurposed ready for the works phase.

In the strip out works phase we first undertook a soft strip of the offices, classrooms, kitchens, function hall, WC's and lobby area to make way for the extensive structural alterations, demolition and renovation works.

Following the soft strip out, we instructed structural engineers to design a temporary works schedule and design in order to adequately support areas where structural alterations were to be undertaken.


Following the installation of the temporary works design we initiated the demolition works using a demolition robot.  Extreme care had to be taken to reduce the amount of dust generated and seal off the work area so that any dust generated was confined to the work area where damping down procedures and ventilation was in place.  We bagged off the ventilation systems as part of the works as the underfloor heating in the main Synagogue Hall was fed directly from the work area. The Synagogue was open to members of the general public at all times and occupied during the works so dust escaping into the synagogue hall or elsewhere was not acceptable.

Large structural alterations were required to achieve our clients new floor plan objectives.  A large goal post and ground beam were installed to prevent any building flex as well as a reinforced retaining wall to the Great Portland Street elevation.

Load bearing walls were removed and structural steelwork installed to the architects and structural engineers requirements.  After this we undertook the installation of large structural steelwork to form the structure of the opening metal and glass atrium.


We broke out a 2 metre x 2 metre hole in the ground slab to facilitate an underground waste tank with pump, under the goods lift storage area.

We installed shutter, reinforcement bar and poured, pumped concrete as per structural engineers design to form an outdoor goods lift shaft and the large retaining walls in the new function room.

Finally, we insulated and prepared the uneven floor levels. Poured, levelled and polished screed floors to the required areas and diamond cut access holes for new services installation. 


We dug a large series of trenches in the ground slab to enable buried services to be installed and completed our works on time and on budget.

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