Quay House, Quay Street

Quay House was a steel framed building, clad with concrete panels typical of the late 1950’s early 1960’s architecture.

The building itself was located in the busy Spinningfields area of Manchester city centre, right in the heart of prestigious high rise office blocks housing Solicitors, Lawyers and Bankers, all overlooking the site.

The site had an added restriction as in one corner of the building there was a Vodafone energies room which had to remain ’live’ during the works. Susceptible to dust and vibration we had to adjust our operations to suit.

Specialist High Reach Demolition

Fallon Group formed a Joint Venture with Green Remediation Ltd on this particular project which involved specialist high reach demolition equipment and methodology.
Using a CAT365 UHD Excavator fitted with a 38m 3 piece arm attached to a Treverbenni MK20 Multi Processor and backed by our other fleet of CAT345 excavators all fitted with various demolition attachments.
Operated by fully trained, experienced operators.

The Team

It was clear from the planning stage of the project that this inner city location would require expert planning and logistics management. Contracts Manager, Alan Graham gathered his team from our directly employed machine operators and operatives and started the planning stage. Members of the public commented that every piece of the decommissioning jigsaw was handled ‘just like using your arm to pick Legos’. Alan briefed his site team of the project and the Methodology agreed and updated them daily at the teams daily briefing.

Primary Obstacles

The main concern with this project was falling debris. Taking into consideration the location of the site and the constraints associated with this we were concerned with having to ultimately control flying particles and debris.
Along with our fabrication team we designed and developed a ’Blast Mat’ where we could suspend a heavy ’screen’ from a 200ton crane over the working area from roof to floor, keeping all of the debris within the site. This proved to be a success as we can say that during the demolition operation NO debris what so ever was emitted out of the boundary of the site.
Dust was also an issue so we deployed various ’Dust Boss’ plants around the site and together with controlled demolition techniques this resulted in no complaints what so ever relating to dust.


The Fallon Way
Our team prides itself on providing a complete, efficient and safe operations. This particular project took meticulous planning, negotiations, policies and reassurances to other parties such as the Local Authority and Vodafone.
Utilising our resources, equipment, knowledge and expertise in our field we can continue growing the business attracting the original ethos that Sean Fallon adopted almost 40 years ago.
The site now has been passed over to the developer for construction of new prestigious office accommodation enhancing the surrounding environment transforming Manchester into the Capital of Commerce.
Fallon Group would welcome the opportunity in working with our Client, and their team on future opportunities.


Scope of Work

  • Preparation and agreeing methods of work, risk assessments, safe systems of work and safe operational procedures to satisfy the client team
  • Demolition of the 8 story structure in its entirety, removing footings and foundations
  • Processing and crushing on site to produce a usable aggregate

Project Stats

  • Client – Green Remediation Ltd
  • Time Scale – 12 Weeks
  • Tons of concrete – 2300 tons
  • Fuel used – 63,000 ltrs
  • Vibration reports (monitored) – None