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Former Silk Factory, Newmilns


Client                                                 East Ayrshire Council


Date Commenced                              February 2015


Value of Work                                   £140,000 (Including Credits)


% of Subcontracts Works                5                                 


Duration                                            8 Weeks


Accidents/Incidents                          0


Recycling Rate                                  96%


Scope of Works


Demolition of former lace factory works, Nelson Street/Brown Street, Newmilns, all to the underside of foundations.  The main building was a steel frame, brick walls two storey timber construction.  The roof consisted of an angle iron roof truss with timber/slate roof covering areas of fire damage/broken glazed sections throughout

After our pre start meeting with all the stakeholders, a full temporary fence was erected and site welfare was established within the site.

 On completion and approval of our Method Statement and Health and Safety Plan, our programme had been set and works were ready to commence.

Relevant service disconnections in place and Road closure/traffic management plan approved and in place, access site with loader and unload 30t demolition specification excavator.

With banksmen in position the works commenced as per our approved method statement.

There is a close proximity to neighbours on this site which has been a high priority of our focus for delivering the best service possible.  

Our team has worked closely with the neighbours to give them notice of intended works and keep them informed of our progress to give them enough information and advise to minimize the impact on their day to day lives.  We bring all these experiences forward on future sites, to allow us to cause as little disruption to surrounding neighbours and commuters lives as possible as this allows everyone to move on with their day to day lives as easily as possible.

Another lesson which we have learnt on this site is that it was a partially fire damaged building , these areas were inaccessible during the tender stage and thus on award of the contract we had to evaluate and put methods in place to co-ordinate the demolition process.

We put measures in place within our site specific method statement to bring these areas down safely and securely, this is great knowledge that we carry forward on each and every site we work on.   This benefits our services on finding methods to deal with unknown problems that can occur on any site.

Please find an extract of a recent article from the Kilmarnock Standard Newspaper on the 15.03.2015

 "The demolition of a Newmilns eyesore could pave the way for more than 20 new council houses in the town centre.

The site at Brown Street and Nelson Street had been used for industrial and commercial purposes in the past.

But it had become derelict and then one of the buildings was recently badly damaged by fire.

East Ayrshire Council bought the site and consider it to be a possible development opportunity for new affordable housing.

Now that the demolition work is finished, a site investigation will be carried out to establish whether the area can be developed to potentially deliver 26 new council houses."

Councillor Alan Brown told the Standard this week: “While it was a shame to see the demise of another former lace factory in Newmilns, it was time for this to happen after the building had lain derelict for so long.

“The council has stepped in to eliminate an eyesore, and has ambitious housing plans for the future. This will mean a transformation in the appearance of this site, and I look forward to seeing new life being breathed into it when families move into the new houses in the future.

“I was impressed by the amount of planning that was required to go into these works – from ensuring utility supplies such as the electricity were capped; removing asbestos; and even hand removal and demolition of the wall that joins onto adjacent council properties.”



Professional memberships Demolition Contractors Association Accredited Site Audit Scheme - National Federation of Demolition Contractors Constructonline TUV ISO 9001, iSO 14001, BS OHSAS18001 Scottish Building Federation National Demolition Training Group (NDTG) Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPAO) Considerate Constructors Scheme Safecontractor Approved