Chart Leacon Train Depot

Ashford, Kent 2020

After former railway depot stood un-operational for approximately 6 years S Evans & Sons were appointed to undertake the demolition works to make way for a new light maintenance depot which was approved by Network Rail in 2019. The site, which opened in 1961, was owned by Bombardier when it closed in 2014, ending the town’s only surviving link with its railway heritage.

S Evans & Sons scope of works included a full asbestos removal, full internal strip out of all structures, demolition of structures to ground level and the removal and crushing of all slabs and foundations to a depth of 1.5 metre below slab level.

The structure consisted of 5 No of steel portal frames with double sheeted asbestos clad roof covering, each portal bay of the structure was approximately 20 metres in width, 180 metre in length and 14 metres high at the highest point.

The structures were demolished using mechanical demolition spec excavators with hydraulic rotating attachments over a 6-month period. All concrete and masonry materials were crushed on site to certified 6f2 product and reused onsite by the client for the new development.

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