Demolition Work Starts Ahead of Phase Two Of The £200 million Becketwell Scheme
By: St James Securities
Derby-based Cawarden have been appointed demolition contractors for the project and have started preparing for the structural demolition work on the site of the former Pink Coconut nightclub, NCP car park, Padley House, and Dubrek Studios.
Demolition of the former Debenhams store, which occupies part of the Becketwell site, was completed in Summer 2020, followed by the former Central United Reformed Church and properties on Victoria Street in March 2021.
A soft strip of the interior of the Pink Coconut is currently underway to segregate the building's contents. It is anticipated that as much as 95% of the fixtures and fittings will be recycled.
Scaffolding is set to be erected shortly, followed by the commencement of the robotic demolition of the first three stories, which will be taken down floor by floor.
Cawarden's specialist high-reach demolition machine will arrive on site in July to start the structural demolition of the existing buildings, including the Pink Coconut.
Asbestos removal works are also taking place. Strict noise, dust and vibration monitoring and environmental controls will be in place to minimise the impact of the works on surrounding businesses.
Final clearance of the site including erection of the perimeter hoarding for redevelopment is set to finish in the Autumn.
The performance venue, which will be delivered as part of phase two of the scheme, will be owned by Derby City Council and managed by ASM Global, who are the world's leading venue management and services company.
Dan Murray, construction director at St James Securities, said:
"It's great to see work start on phase two of the Becketwell regeneration scheme, which is set to create an exciting and vibrant city centre, where people will want to live, work and enjoy their leisure time.
"Cawarden is a well-known local specialist contractor whose team are familiar with the site, having already demolished the former Debenhams store and Central United Reformed Church.
"Our programme currently remains on track, with construction work on the performance venue set to commence in January 2023, with completion and handover to ASM Global in late 2024.
William Crooks, managing director of Cawarden added:
"We have already successfully completed the demolition of the former Debenhams building and the church next door and look forward to delivering another key milestone in preparing the site for the much-needed Becketwell regeneration scheme.
"Given the proximity to other structures and live areas, we will be putting robust environmental controls and strict monitoring measures into place. This includes the use of our high-reach dust suppression system, that captures dust at source, preventing any significant nuisance."
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