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The View Hotel – Eastbourne

Client: Hawk Builders and Shopfitters
Scope of project: To remove ceiling feature and concrete parapet wall from mezzanine area.

The challenge

In 2015 we were successful in winning the contract to remove the ceiling feature and a reinforced concrete parapet wall from the edge of a mezzanine area, to leave an almost millimetre perfect cut in the remaining concrete floor. This would receive a new floor, filling in the void to form a new usable space, in this eye-catching hotel along Eastbourne’s seafront.

Throughout the duration of the contract we had both time and noise constraints due to the work we had to carry out on the concrete frame which was extremely noisy! The hotel had lots of meetings and conferences running as well which meant we were limited to early starts, end of day working and lunch hours.

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The solution

Initially, a bird-cage scaffold was erected at high level to facilitate the removal of the sprayed plaster on rib lath ceiling. We achieved this using reciprocation saws and small tools.

Once the ceiling was removed, the bird cage scaffold was lowered to the underside of the mezzanine slab so we then had a safe crash deck to work off whilst removing the concrete wall.

To remove the concrete wall we used a hydrostress concrete cruncher and Hilti TE1000 breaker. These are both designed to reduce hand arm vibration and the concrete cruncher was chosen as it reduced the noise quite substantially. The reinforcement left, once the concrete was gone, was cut away using angle grinders.

Finally, we cut out the base of the wall in a precise and efficient manner using a Hilti TS20E track saw – this was a wet cut system. This particular machine was a brand new model and was extremely efficient with the water so we formed a ply lined box lined with thick gauge polythene which followed the saw underneath and captured the water sludge produced during the works.

Once the wall as removed we cleared the site and left it ready for the next trade to carry out their part of the project.

Part of our works at the hotel was to also remove a section of concrete wall above a doorway. We did this by stitch diamond drilling around the edges and breaking up the lump of concrete removed.

The appropriate PPE was worn at all times throughout the duration of the contract.

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The benefits

  • With Hawes Building Ltd project managing the works, the client knew all aspects of the work were included and the works would be of a high quality in the short contract period.
  • The hotel now has a large, well-lit, usable space for conferences and meetings. It’s a welcoming environment for staff and clients.
  • The area will now improve productivity, therefore increasing revenue.
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