Wates Building Update

Brakenhale School

Newsletter – March 2020 – Distributed to close neighbours

I wanted to provide you with an update with the current progress here at Brakenhale School. The new building was successfully handed over to the School at the end of 2019 and since January 2020 the students and staff have been settling into their new building and my understanding is they are thrilled with their new facility to which we are very proud of our efforts.

The new building was known internally as Phase 2 which is now complete. Our last phase of works (Phase 3) has commenced and will consist of the demolition of the existing School to provide a new staff car park, sports pitches and soft landscaped areas. Prior to any demolition the existing building has been subjected to detailed surveys which have included identifying the full extent of asbestos containing material. Naturally for a building of this age asbestos is known and present within the building and in the coming weeks a specialist licensed contractor will be appointed to begin the task of removing this material. I would like to emphasise that this will be undertaken with the building very much in-situ, under controlled conditions and will be subject to professional independent inspection to ensure the area is clear before any further work is commenced.

I completely understand that the task of demolishing the building will be of concern to you. The demolition will likely commence in May 2020 and will continue for approximately 12-14 weeks. Concerns regarding noise and airborne dust are understandable and I would like the opportunity to explain this task in more detail. The attached aerial shot of the site identifies 12 zones. The building will be demolished in sequence so in essence will be demolished working west to east (right to left). Works will only take place in line with permitted planning conditions which are currently Monday to Friday 8am – 7pm and Saturdays 8am – 1pm. I am sympathetic to the impact this may have on residents near the site particularly with the warmer months approaching and currently I have no intention of working beyond 6pm of an evening and Saturdays will be by exception and not the norm.

With advancement in demolition technologies i.e. silencers fitted to all machinery and superior dust suppression controls our aim is to ensure this task is undertaken with the minimal impact to the local community. My contact details are at the bottom of this letter and you are welcome to visit the site office where I can hopefully answer any further questions you may have should the need arise.

Finally, with the ever-increasing concern regarding the Coronavirus/Covid-19 we currently remain open as a site and will continue to operate whilst implementing the advice given to us all from Government. If there is anything we as a site team can do to help for example a trip to the local convenience store to assist with the purchase of some essentials, then please do not hesitate to ask and we will try our best to assist where we can.

I would like to place on record our thanks for your cooperation throughout the construction phase and should you wish to discuss any of the works further with me please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Kind Regards

Paul Quinnell
Project Lead for Wates
paul.quinnell@wates.co.uk / 07734 781423