Bowyers Factory

Bowyers Factory

Client: Rex Proctor & Partners

Site: Bowyers Pie Factory, Stallard Street, Trowbridge, Wiltshire
Start Date: July 2014

Bowyers were a large company formerly based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. Primarily a manufacturer of meat products, with a particularly well-known brand of pork pies and sausages which are still produced today. Originally set up by Abraham Bowyer as a grocers shop in 1805, he became well known for his meat products, in particular his sausages.

The mixed use factory buildings at the 10 acre site were demolished to make way for Innox Riverside; a new exciting leisure and retail destination, including a Cineworld Multiplex and a Morrisons PLC food store. There were six listed buildings of architectural and historical interest to be retained and protected during the project which are to be refurbished to provide new restaurants and leisure units.

Matthews (Sussex) Ltd undertook the Asbestos removal and Demolition phase of the development which involved:

  • Removal of all asbestos products
  • Careful strip out and protection of the listed structures
  • Removal, Management and Disposal of all blown foam refrigeration panels containing CFC / HCFC
  • Decommissioning and demolition of industrial fuel oil tanks
  • Demolition of 4 large industrial factory warehouses
  • Demolition of ancillary buildings

The structures were constructed of steelwork, concrete, brick, refrigeration panels and timber with over 95% of the waste streams being processed on site then recycled.

Considerable preparation and planning works were required due to environmental constraints and the sensitivity of the surrounding area. At the North and North West perimeter of the site is the River Biss; this was of particular concern during the works due to the close proximity of one of the buildings to be demolished, this was carefully managed and successfully demolished without incident. At the South and South West perimeter is Trowbridge railway line. Consideration had to be taken during the planning of the project to ensure there were no adverse effects from the demolition works to the activities of the rail network.

The site has two separate Victorian foul and surface water drainage culverts which had to be protected and remain clear and uncontaminated throughout the project. A pre- and post- demolition CCTV survey was undertaken to help manage this.
Matthews (Sussex) Ltd adhered to rigorous procedures in addition to comprehensive planning; this enabled the successful completion of the project by the safest method whilst remaining on time and to budget with no delays or damage to Network Rail property or impact to the surrounding Environment.

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