Demolition project background

Orchard Plaza was formally a Tax Office, situated in Poole High Street. Mansell were undertaking a conversion of the building into residential apartments.The main building was of reinforced concrete frame construction with glazing panels and brickwork cladding. The floors are reinforced concrete.The building was ‘T-shaped’ with one 5-storey block and one 11 storey block. The 11-storey block partially overlapped the 5-storey block.The roof was flat with a parapet upstand wall around the perimeter. Roof structures extend above the main roof level.


Phase 1

  • Confirm isolation of serviced, liaising with Mansell Construction
  • Clear building of asbestos materials
  • Stripped back to the structural fabric including the removal of lift cars and associated running gear etc.

Phase 2

  • Confirm isolation of services, liaising with Mansell
  • Remove the concrete cladding and glazing from the building.
  • Break-out the concrete slab.
  • Remove the 11th Floor structure from the building to accommodate the construction of a further 2 floors.

Achievements and Successes

  • Despite the location of the building, minimal disruption was caused to the surrounding population.
  • Ground floor Slab was significantly more substantial than was originally indicated, however DDS still achieved all programmed milestones at no additional cost to the client.
  • Project finished on time.
  • Complete Client Satisfaction.