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Acklam Hall

Sirius played a successful role in the early stages of redevelopment of the only Grade I listed building in Middlesbrough by ensuring the safe demolition of surrounding buildings and the provision of enabling works for residential development.

Client Name: Taylor Wimpey




Project Description


Acklam Hall is the only Grade I listed building in Middlesbrough. In recent times, the original hall formed part of an educational establishment and been closely surrounded by more modern buildings. After closure of the facilities, the site was acquired by Taylor Wimpey for residential development sympathetic to the original hall.

Sirius has been awarded a contract to demolish the contemporary building, remove all asbestos from the site and undertake a number of civil engineering activities. The latter included construction of 1.5km of roads and the installation of 4km of drains and sewers, including diversion of some working drains and culverts.

The demolition and asbestos-removal phases recovered over 20 tonnes of asbestos products and had no detrimental effect on the hall. One item requiring special care was the removal of the old boiler chimney, which was completed with a high reach excavator.

Innovation & Value Engineering


The controlled demolition of structures together with careful waste segregation ensured that the vast majority of demolition materials have been recycled, delivering significant cost-savings and lower environmental impact. Roofing slates and sandstone tiles were salvaged for re-use in renovation of the hall.

Sirius also introduced the concept of vibro piling to this project, leading to savings in foundation costs for the client. Some 500m3 of stone for this technique was garnered from the demolition.

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