Heaton Park Tower Decommissioning Project

Location:Manchester

Sector:Telecommunications

Service:Decommissioning

LARS Communications has recently completed a substantial decommissioning project at the very top of the Heaton Park Tower in Manchester.

Heaton Park Tower

Heaton Park Tower is a 238-feet telecommunications tower built on the banks of Heaton Park Reservoir. It was built in the 1960’s and is one of several towers which formed BT’s ‘backbone system’ and which were built to the ‘Chilterns Design’, so-called because they are capable of transmitting over the Chiltern Hills in the South-East.

Objective

LARS Communications was the principal contractor on this Heaton Park Tower decommissioning project, the objective of which was to remove the redundant turret crane and all associated steelwork from the top of the tower. Once complete, the opening left by the turret crane was sealed with a new deck plate and Bilco hatch, allowing future access to the top platform level of the tower.

Scope of works:

  • Scaffolding to be erected to surround the turret crane to provide safe access for works
  • Re-survey and review once the scaffold has been erected and good access available – proposed methods of work amended if required
  • Preparation of steelwork lifting – any small attachments to the structure removed and tripped away prior to marking up the structure into suitable sized components ready for cutting up and removal
  • Preparation of site for crane – site access route to be cleared and prepared for crane to access site
  • Crane removal of turret crane piece by piece – the structure’s components were lowered piece by piece down to ground level. The scaffold was dismantled level by level as the structure was removed
  • Installation of hatch – the opening left by the turret crane was sealed with a new deck plate and Bilco hatch to allow access to the top platform level
  • Steelwork removal from site using a Hiab lorry of metal skip for disposal and recycling
  • Removal of scaffold from tower and lowering to ground level
  • On completion of the turret crane remove, the site was cleared, tidied and made good

Outcome

Working alongside Lawson Crane Hire and Chapman Scaffolding, LARS Communications completed the turret crane removal successfully, both on time and on budget. The site was left clean and tidy, and the top level of the Heaton Park Tower can still be accessed via the Bilco hatch.

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