Arena Central, Birmingham
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  • Client: Arena Central Developments
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The works involved, through a phased approach, the demolition of a number of buildings and structures for the regeneration of the area of Birmingham at the junction of Broad Street and the Queensway inner ring road. Broad Street, a single carriageway road, as well as being one of the main arterial routes into the city is the main entertainment area of the city at with numerous bars, clubs and restaurants. The main elements of the works, carried out by traditional demolition and deconstruction methods were:

  • Complex licensed asbestos removal
  • Deconstruction of two road bridges over the dual carriageway Suffolk Queensway
  • Demolition of a ten storey car park. The car park was of lift slab construction and had been closed for many years due to column / slab connection failures commonly associated with this type of structure
  • Demolition of the redundant Crown Plaza Leisure Club above a live retained sub-station
  • Demolition of the ATV Studios, home to programmes such as Tizwas and Golden Shot, and adjoining exhibition hall, the latter built over the live Britannia car park
  • Demolition of the engineering building the first masonic lodge in Birmingham
  • Demolition of the two storey House of Sport, formerly Birmingham's Registry Office
  • The city centre location and predominantly 1960’s heavy reinforced concrete construction presented many constraints to the works
  • Asbestos limpet fire protection including overspray inside cavity wall voids
  • Two of Birmingham’s most prestigious hotels, The Hyatt Regency Hotel and The Crown Plaza Hotel located adjacent to and at opposite sides of the development area
  • The requirement for split lines on large cantilevered concrete beams adjacent to The Crown Plaza Hotel and above a live sub-station
  • A very restricted working area due to phased hand overs of completed elements.
  • Uncertainty of the stability of the car park during the demolition works

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