Alexandra House – Preston


This contract was awarded to I&R Demolition by CGA to internally strip out Alexandra House which consisted of 31 flats with corridors and communal areas ready for refurbishment. The project included removing all doors and arcs, floor coverings, skirts, loose furniture, false walls, kitchens, bathrooms, mechanical and electrical systems, redundant lighting and wallpaper throughout the 31 flats over 2 floors.

The site was located up a small terrace street which meant access was extremely tight for getting skips on site. With this in mind we ensured skip exchanges where carried out at the quietest possible time minimising disruption to the local neighbours and where packed as neat and tight as possible to minimise the amount of exchanged required.

As the flats were internally stripped out we had to be very careful not to disturb the fire alarm system as this had to remain live throughout our works. This meant carefully surveying and marking up areas where the live system was as they sometimes went through walls that where due to come out. Any detectors required covering temporarily while we carried out work in the day and removed last thing at the end of the day.

Hand tools were mainly used instead of power tools where possible to eliminate the issue of dust. Industrial hoovers where used to remove any dust created. 50 tons of general waste, 65 tons of wood and 20 ton of plasterboard where put into designated skips on site and sent off site for recycling.

The scheme was part of a homeless prevention program for CGA with the newly refurbished flats given to the homeless. This project was contracted to a strict 5 week completion and we completed it in a 4 week period 1 week ahead of schedule ready for the building contractors to start the refurbishment. The 31 flats would become 15 as some will be extended into larger family rooms.