Jesmond Primary Demolition Works

An ongoing project with client, Northern Power Grid, which saw the team at Hodgson Sayers demolish a derelict substation located in Jesmond, Newcastle.

Having reached the end of its natural lifespan, the building had incurred structural failure to key parts of its fabric.

A five week project led by Contracts Manager, Peter Condren, with an approximate team of six people.


  • Pre-planning was required by the team before the substation could be safely demolished. A main rail line, restaurants and local businesses and a weak bridge all in close proximity were of particular concern
  • To involve the local authority and rail organisation from the outset to develop a safe way of working and eliminate risk to both the bridge and rail line
  • ┬áLocal businesses and restaurants were visited to inform them of the work required and parking permits were distributed to enable construction traffic to park in the back lane and business staff to park as close to their premises
  • Safety was the number one priority as the substation had to be demolished down to its base
  • The demolition was completed in stages. It began with the removing of the large crane internally, then carefully folding the building into the centre due to space restrictions
  • To ensure safety near to the restaurants, a design scaffold was erected and operatives used small hand held breakers to ensure the building came down gradually and the debris was directed away from the neighbouring property to eliminate risk of damage
  • A Komatsu 20 tonne 360 excavator with a rotating grab attachment was also used in the demolition process
  • Waste management was carried out effectively and planned so as to reduce disturbance to the local area. The surrounding landscape was restored and security fences replaced

    Customer Feedback

The client was very happy with the completed works and there was no disruption to businesses or residents within the surrounding area