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Behind the facade

11 Nov 14 Complete Demolition is bringing down a five-storey hotel in Lancaster to pave the way for redevelopment.

The facade retention works are in place
The facade retention works are in place

The Greaves Hotel is being redeveloped to create 54 one- and two-bedroom assisted living apartments.

Complete Demolition has designed and installed a facade retention scheme to retain the existing listed stone front and side elevations. Retaining the historical facade was a condition of planning permission.

Prior to the demolition phase of the works all the hazardous asbestos-containing materials were removed under licensed and controlled conditions and the building was soft-stripped of materials including carpets and furniture.

The demolition works are being carried out on a top down basis by hand, aided by two 30-tonne excavators fitted with specialist demolition attachments. The concrete basement slab will also be removed ready for the construction phase and a piling matt formed ready for the new construction process.

In line with company policy, Complete Demolition is aiming to recycle 100% of the demolition waste from the project.

Pictured below is how the hotel looked before Complete Demolition set to work.

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