Creating hundreds of new jobs, this scheme intends to convert an old, Grade II listed, Victorian Cotton mill into a major business and leisure development. To help the client satisfy planning requirements, REC carried out a ground investigation, which focussed on existing foundations, the potential for coal mining and obtaining data on utilisable drainage.
Due to the building’s graded status, the work had to be carried out sensitively – for example, an assessment of existing foundations done by hand. With excavations in excess of two and a half metres deep in places, the six story, brick built old mill proved no easyfeat, proving these works varied and extensive to implement. Additional ventilation was also needed to allow work to be carried out within the building.
Once the sitework have been completed, it enabled REC to gather a comprehensive range of information to allow the client to look into the ground conditions in more detail. This complex work was undertook to meet a certain specification provided by the
client, which in turn will have aided them towards discharging certain planning conditions.