Watch Building 380 being cleared ahead of future commercial development

Posted on 09/12/16

The site of a former laboratory and office building at Discovery Park is now ready for future re-development.

Aspect Four Demolition Services was contracted to demolish outdated Building 380, off the Ramsgate Road, with the carefully planned and coordinated project taking four months to complete.

The works are part of a long term vision for Discovery Park, set out in a master plan agreed with Dover District Council in October 2014 that has already secured 2,500 plus jobs and confirmed its place as one of the UK’s leading business hubs.

A series of time lapse video produced by Aspect Four Demolition Services, one of the 150 plus companies now based at Discovery Park, shows how the work progressed – with minimal disruption to the rest of the site.

The work included stripping back the interior of the building, as well as putting in place procedures to ensure it was brought down safely - including screening and other measures to keep dust to a minimum.

The demolition of the building is part of a wider master plan for the Discovery Park, agreed with Dover District Council in October 2014; a long term phased plan to ensure its ongoing success.

Built while still under Pfizer’s ownership the building is no longer required with science R&D now focused elsewhere on site – retaining a reputation for discovery that stretches back to the 1950s

While no decision has been reached on its future use, the building is in an area earmarked for commercial development as part of Discovery Park’s push to bring major manufacturing back to site.

70,000 sq ft of new production space will become available next year – powered from the latter half of 2018 by a £160m biomass renewable energy plant.

Lauren Moore, Leasing Executive for Discovery Park, said:

“We were delighted to be able to award the contract for demolition of this building to one of our tenants, part of our aim, wherever possible, to support businesses on site.

“The work is the latest part of our work to deliver on our master plan, that will over the coming years deliver more jobs and success not only to Discovery Park but for East Kent.”

Nick Harvey, Contracts Director for Aspect Four Demolition Services, said:

“We are proud to be playing our part in the transformation of the site, with the work we’re doing a key part of the long term plan.”

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