Complete Demolition were appointed to undertake elements of internal and external structural demolition on the £33m project at The Crescent, Buxton, for Vinci Construction. It is one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the country.
The demolition work involves working around an array of structural challenges including extensive wood rot which is raising varied technical issues onsite. The structures of the Grade I listed Crescent Building and adjoining Grade II listed Natural Baths have had to be temporarily supported throughout the transformation to provide total stability. Working alongside the Principal Contractor’s site based design team; Complete Demolition provides a reactive response to the challenges as they arise.
The external demolition works include the dismantling of the concrete roof and walls of the Natural Baths. An extensive internal temporary propping system had to be installed to retain the adjacent, occupied, Old Hall Hotel during the careful dismantling process. A variety of demolition techniques are being adopted to complete the works which included remote controlled demolition, hand demolition, diamond saw cutting, and specialist hand held pulverisers. The restoration and conversion works commenced in February 2016 and looking to be complete in 2018.