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Hydrock wins

Hydrock’s remediation contracting arm has won a major contract with Cemex to decommission, demolish and remediate its former works at Rochester, ready for redevelopment.

The 13ha site at Halling near Rochester in Kent, part of a wider 77ha land holding, is to be redeveloped from a clinker mill into a mixed-used lakeside community.

“Hydrock investigated the problem, came up with the best commercial plan and as principal contractors will make sure that they stick to the plan whilst carefully managing health, safety and environmental sisks,” sais Cemex principal development surveryor Dan Panormo.

Hydrock will now carry out works, including the demolition of an 11ha works a 100m tall chimney, adjacent to an oil pipeline, high voltage overhead power lines on both sides of the site, the management of asbestos removal and controlling high levels of dust which have accumulated over years of cement production at the plant. Hydrock has previously delivered similar schemes for Cemex at its former plants including the Lytag Manufacturing Plant, Eggborough in North Humberside as well as tis former works at Chinnor.

Work began yesterday and the programme is likely to last six to nine months. “This is an exciting and challenging project,” said commented Hydrock operations manager Richard Yarnold. “We will be aiming to recover and recycle as much of the construction materials as possible and will be working closely with Cemex and the Health and Safety Executive to ensure the project runs smoothly, without incident and with the absolute minimum of disruption.”

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