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Listed Building Demolition

Client: Tesco
Discipline(s): Removal of hazardous materials, high reach demolition, listed building demolition
Location: The Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton
Programme: 22 weeks  


Coleman & Company was contracted by Tesco to take down the redundant structures and carry out decontamination at Wolverhampton’s Grade II Listed Royal Hospital.   The Royal Hospital first opened in 1849, undergoing many alterations and additions in its lifetime. After closing in 1997 the buildings were left to deteriorate and through environmental damage and vandalism they were in an unsafe and contaminated condition.    

Scope of works

The project involved:
  • Making safe the area to protect from collapse
  • Decontamination of a wide range of hazardous materials, sharps and bio-hazards
  • Protection of the historic fabric of the building
  • Various temporary works schemes to provide safe means of access
  • Manual deconstruction of a 65 metre high multiple flue-lined steel chimney
  • Demolish and remediation
  • High-reach demolition plant 
  • Encapsulation, safety and access scaffolding
Project challenges

Challenges included: 
  • As-built or original construction drawings were not available, so Coleman & Company carried out extensive investigations to establish the condition of the remaining structures and potential remaining hazards.
  • Asbestos removal was hampered by the building’s poor condition and safe access restrictions
  • Clearance, temporary works and structural support was carried systematically to ensure the areas could be cleared without risk of building collapse, hazardous material exposure or cross contamination
  • Coleman & Company worked closely with English Heritage and the Client’s safety advisor, who were based on site, to ensure this listed building demolition was carried out in a sympathetic and safe manner
  • Each element of work was subjected to stringent checking

The demolition arisings were crushed, processed and recycled on site to produce a viable material to be used within the following on new-build works, minimising the impact on the surrounding residential and commercial areas and maximising environmental efficiency.