Site teams at The EDGE demolition project put circular economy into practice, by finding creative solutions for the “waste” material found in the now completed demolition project.
Teams kitted out their welfare facilities by directly reusing materials that they salvaged from the then 7 storey building at 60-68 St Thomas Street.
A variety of furnishings, such as a filing cabinet, storage shelves and kitchen counters were fashioned together using the 30 wood panels found.
Teams also made use of other items found on the site, such as 20 seats, 10 hand wash stations, a television, and a dishwasher, which were installed directly into office and welfare facilities.
By doing this teams reduced project costs and resources from going to waste, by mitigating the need to procure alternative furnishings, reducing transport load and delivery costs.
Project Manager, Adrian Bush, saw the potential for reuse for many things on site, but did not have the time, or capabilities planned into project specifications to reuse everything they identified during the pre-demolition audits.
“During the initial stages we tried to reuse as much as possible, however due to the constraints we faced a lot went to waste. A lack of time, equipment and manpower within contract specifications were the cause for this. Some examples of things we could have reused, that there were plenty of, were digilocks, elbow door closures and fire exit signs.
For this project we first set up our welfare facilities inside, making use of TBS (Temporary Building Supply) and appliances already there. Then, when it was time to move out for the demolition phase, we had to order welfare cabins for external use, I made sure to order them without the things we could salvage, a few office chairs and a refrigerator were all we really needed, as we already salvaged most of it onsite.”
“It’s great to see site teams taking initiative and working together to be more sustainable. The circular economy is more important to adopt than ever and holds many exciting opportunities for the industry.” Kiro Tamer, Head of Environmental Sustainability for Keltbray.
The project has also achieved 100% of non-hazardous waste diverted from landfill.
The initiatives taken by our project teams at the EDGE are an excellent example of how we could look at materials that might be considered waste and give them a new lease on life.
Philip Pashley, Group Proposals and Communications Director
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