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Demolition at the North Quays

8 October 2015 Latest News Local News News

A 16 week demolition programme is set to get under-way at the North Quays in Waterford this week that will see eight large structures and a number of smaller buildings removed – clearing the landmark riverside site for future development.

The buildings to be demolished on the land-bank owned by Waterford City & County Council include four linked to a major milling operation once run by Odlums and a series of large silos and other structures that were used by animal feed ingredients suppliers R&H Hall Ltd. The demolition, will be a slow process and will not involve the use of explosives or wrecking balls.

A 110 year old nine-storey building within the R&H Hall complex is being retained by the Council for its heritage value as one of the oldest surviving steel reinforced concrete structures in Ireland. The building was completed in 1905. Given the site’s extensive river frontage and with some of the largest buildings on man-made wharves, a range of measures are being taken to protect the Suir during the demolition programme while extra steps are also being taken to safeguard the Hennebique building that is being preserved.

It will be handled by Malone O’Regan Engineers and the main items that will be destroyed are:

  • Concrete portal framed single storey store
  • Steel framed single storey store
  • Concrete and steel framed multi storey building
  • Concrete framed multi storey building
  • Suspended concrete structure in the main yard
  • Multi storey building supported on piles on the foreshore
  • Nine storey building of concrete construction,
  • Multilevel steel structure supporting conveyors and hoppers
  • 14 large storage silos
  • 2 storey office building predominantly over water
  • Miscellaneous buildings and structures including:
    • old silo bases walls, toilets, prefabricated buildings and boiler house

Contents of all buildings and structures and disposal of all materials except concrete which is to be crushed to less than
50mm size and may be left on the site in stockpiles.

The first phase of the works will concentrate on removing asbestos and waste electrical and electronic equipment from across the site so that it is safe to commence the main phases of the demolition. With a range of specialist equipment to be used during the works, it is envisaged that no more than 10 contractors will work on the site at any one time over the
16week period.

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