Complete Demolition were appointed as Principal Contractor by Gardiner & Theobald. The project comprised of the sympathetic soft-strip and internal demolition works to the Grade II listed 7 storey Arkwright House in Manchester City Centre. The building with gigantic 3 storey Corinthian pilasters, cornices and arched windows on the ground floor was built in 1929. It is of the City’s most recent constructions to be listed by the Department of Environment as being of special architectural or historic interest.
The demolition site team carried out the internal sympathetic soft-strip of the building which included removal of suspended ceilings to expose original listed features, removal of partition walls and flooring and internal demolition of walls. All were removed carefully to minimise any disturbance to the original features of the building. Project challenges included consideration of other building users throughout the period onsite and restrictions of vehicle movements due to the city centre location. All demolition waste was removed out of hours. 99% of the waste was either recycled or reused.