A high building situated in the Irwell Riverside, Manchester, will be partially demolished as a result of deficiencies found in its concrete core.
The building was developed by Property Alliance Group, a market developer established in the UK.
The firm is currently building luxury facilities of six, eight and ten floors, respectively, on the banks of the River Irwell. The endeavor aims at establishing 156 apartments for sale with the initial value of each one set at $281,000.
The flats are placed using modular construction. Therefore, they are built in another site and transported to be inserted in the concrete cores of the buildings.
According to the developers, there was an "engineering issue" that led to the demolition decision for the 10-story building. Its concrete core was found to be inadequate. The construction works were being conducted by Bemus Construction Services and the total cost is estimated at $3.84 million to $5.12 million. “Our project team has identified engineering issues at Uptown, so our priority is to rectify these as safely and efficiently as possible. This will require partial demolition of the development.” a spokesperson for Property Alliance Group, stated.
Nevertheless, some have mentioned that the demolish was caused by inadequate rebar design and is not associated with in-situ works flaws.
A fence was quickly erected around the building and a crane was brought to conduct the demolition. The proportion of the structure that will be pulled down remains unknown. Given the conditions, the demolition process is expected to be challenging. "My primary concern is that the work is carried out safely. It's a very tricky demolition from what I can see. I'm not entirely sure how they will do it," Steve Coen, councilor for Irwell Riverside, stated.
Property Alliance Group stated that the demolition will last about 2 weeks. The works for the entire project will be detained but the total delay is not expected to be crucial.
Another building in the center of Moston, Manchester, that was built more than 80 years ago and used to be a cinema back in the 1960s will probably be demolished to be replaced by a new 4-story apartment structure. If approved, the new facility will feature 33 brand new flats.