Kier Construction, Western and Wales, has been appointed by Bristol City Council to demolish the former Royal Mail sorting office at the Cattle Market site in Bristol. The site is being cleared to make way for the new University of Bristol Enterprise Campus, one of the landmark developments in the city’s regeneration of the Temple Quarter district.
The western edge of the site is bounded by a retaining wall, which supports part of the Bristol Temple Meads Station infrastructure, including the line beside Platform 15 and the disused in/out road siding. The retaining wall was constructed in the 1930s, before the construction of the sorting office. ITM has been providing automated settlement, rotational and vibration movement monitoring of the retaining and parapet walls during the removal of canopy steelwork beams.
We’re now pleased to announce that we have been awarded additional works on the opposite side of the site, monitoring the floating harbour wall using electrolevel beams and tilt meters, as well as back-up manual monitoring verification surveys. The monitoring scheme was devised in line with the Environment Agency’s requirements prior to excavation of the site.
In addition to the already installed tunnel, track, escalator and station monitoring campaign which ITM is providing for the K1 Knightsbridge development – you can read more about this here – ITM is working with Joseph Gallagher to install additional monitoring arrays within Knightsbridge Station.
The additional monitoring is required for the Step Free Access (SFA) works which include installation of a new lift shaft and cross passage connections between the eastbound and westbound platform tunnels. This is part of a wider Transport for London initiative to increase the number of London Underground stations with step-free access. Currently 76 tube stations are step free, making life easier for older and disabled people and giving a greater choice of travel options for everyone.