Bailey Mills, Delph

Client : R Gledhill Ltd

How we got involved

Edge Structural Design Ltd were appointed to advise and seek approval for emergency demolition works to this Grade II listed mill building following a major fire in June 2016. At the time of taking our instruction, the nearby roads had been closed by the emergency services and local residents had been evacuated.

What we did

Knowing the urgency that these types of project require, Edge attended site within a few hours of receiving an instruction and stayed on site throughout the day to coordinate demolition works between Contractor, Local Authority and Conservation Officer. Using our experience of working with fire-damaged and historic buildings we prepared structural reports setting out the minimum permitted extent of demolition to make the site safe and allow residents to return to their properties. Approval was obtained from all parties for the extent of works defined by Edge.

Why we're proud of it

The fast response from Edge in getting to site and issuing structural reports allowed the local residents to return to their properties and the nearby roads to open in the evening of the same day. Edge returned to site the following day to oversee the remaining emergency demolition works. Establishing minimum emergency demolition works resolved the immediate health and safety concerns whilst allowing a more thorough assessment of the retained structures on the grounds of structural condition and architectural and historical significance. Edge later prepared a structural condition report on the retained elements of the mill building and surrounding structures in support of a Listed Building Consent Application for the site.