Dangerous buildings have been demolished and a road reopened in record time thanks to the swift action of Unitas workers.
Bricks had begun falling from two privately-owned terraced properties in Newcastle Street, Middleport, Stoke-on-Trent, following renovations to connecting buildings.
Staff from the city council’s repair and maintenance company Unitas Stoke-on-Trent Ltd worked tirelessly to carefully demolish the structures, make the area safe and get the road open as soon as possible.
Chris Bourne, safety, health and environmental manager for Unitas, said: “It was a highly complex demolition due to the extreme instability of the structure, the proximity to other properties and a main road which unfortunately needed to be closed to protect road users and pedestrians. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, but this was necessary to make sure no one was hurt during the demolition process, which involved taking it down brick by brick.
“Due to the professionalism and care that the site team and contractors have shown, the properties have been made safe in a very short period of time; under usual conditions this project would have taken a minimum of 16 weeks in the construction phase to complete, so to get the road re-opened in 6.5 weeks is an excellent achievement.
“The team went above and beyond, working weekends and getting designs signed off in record time. They should be commended for their dedication and co-operation to achieve these results.”
Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, Cabinet Member for Housing, added: “The safety of our residents and road users is paramount and so it is commendable to learn of the speed and professionalism in which these works were completed by Unitas. Well done to all those involved.”
The site has now been handed back to the independent owner.