CONTRACT COMPLETION DATE August 2011
Finishing in early summer of 2011, Dorton Group have completed the £220,000 asbestos removal and demolition of the former nurses quarters at Brighton General Hospital for Southern Housing Trust.
The 7 storey brick and stone faced structure faced onto the Pankhurst Avenue and was in close proximity to private housing on the southern boundary and the ‘live’ hospital blocks to the north. Dorton had to liaise closely with a local ecologist to maintain the habitat of slow worms and bats as well as provide tree protection to several beeches and oaks around the boundary.
The building contained its own boiler house, kitchens and laundry which not unsurprisingly contained a large amount of asbestos materials. In addition, asbestos had been used extensively for pipe insulation, ceiling boards and fire breaks throughout the structure, making this a demanding removal and clean up task. The demolition, by comparison, was fairly straightforward netting a substantial volume of arisings including approximately 120 tonnes of clean chipped timber that was dispatched as bio fuel. In keeping with Dorton Group waste reduction policy 97.2% recycling was achieved with asbestos as the only materials going direct to landfill.