With a combined 30+ years' experience decommissioning hotels to army sites to hospitals, our consultancy team can offer accurate assessment of sites services and provide the most effective methodology for decommissioning.
Preston Hall (NHS)
Liaising between Redrow Homes, NHS and UKPN to plan the safest methodology for isolating the former hospital site, while not disrupting the continuity of supply to the retained NHS properties.
Daws Hill (RAF)
Liaison with the developer, demolition contractor, SSE, SGN and British Telecom in relation to the decommissioning of the Former RAF base.
As part of the isolation works, we identified the requirement for retention of the private high voltage network which in turn enabled continuity of supply to the remainder of the Cemex site.
With many years' experience in the redevelopment and demolition industry, the team have the knowledge and insights to offer realistic and practical advice, alongside methodologies to effectively work around live services and decommission sites - enabling demolition and groundworks to commence/continue.
Each project is very different with a range of scenarios that can occur. The team can review any existing service documents issued, and then put together a strategy that enables you to maintain full clarity and forward motion with your projects.
The best time to employ our services is preferably when land buyers are looking at buying brown field sites.
Why then? Well because decommissioning costs can be very expensive, and if the service elements are known, assessed and estimated, then the land buyers have a realistic idea of over and above costs for the development.
Utilising our services earlier in the land purchase cycle can save you money in the long-term. We can help you ascertain any significant elements that may cause impact. Allowing for the disconnections / diversions of services is often overlooked with costly implications further down the line. We can assist with identifying these prior to purchase.
Costs to resolve service issues can be significant. It is not unheard of for charges to be in the region of hundreds of thousands of pounds. Some examples we've come across:
- Network and private services running through contaminated area's such as tunnels.
- 25 substations on a private network which hasn't been tested or inspected for 10 years.
- Without realising, buying a site where an electrical switch room for the main hospital was located in the middle of it. Cost for the hire of 6 generators plus fuel and servicing for 2 years, whilst the new electrical services and substations were installed, is a heady consideration for any land buyer.
- Buying a site with questionable isolation documents, or on trust that all services have been removed years ago.
If required, we can liaise with and arrange for site temporary services to be installed by the networks. We can then build on and maintain those systems, undertaking the monthly inspections throughout the duration of the project.