How to demolish a building between a new hospital and a historic jail
Client: PCL Construction
Unique Details: Priestly was responsible for protecting the new hospital, located only meters away from the demolition of the old hospital. Debris had to be carried away regularly as the site had very limited space in which to work.
After Bridgepoint Health redeveloped its Riverdale Hospital site in the east end of Toronto, they had a brand new state of the art hospital. Then it was time to demolish the 1960s-era hospital to make room for parking, parkland, and pedestrian pathways.
Like all demolition projects, this one had its own set of challenges to be addressed. On one side of the old hospital was the new, and its largely glass facade had to be protected from debris. On the other side of the hospital was the historic Don Jail, now serving as administrative offices for the hospital.
Early stages of the demolition involved putting some distance between the project and the buildings on either side. Throughout the project, the Priestly team had to manoeuvre and maintain machinery, as well as sort and load debris, in the limited space between the various buildings. Learn more about the equipment used on this project.
In that space, Priestly brought down the eight-storey, half round shaped building in stages. Attention to detail, efficiency, and most importantly safety were the key factors for this project.
Check out our time-lapse video of the Bridgepoint Health demolition, from start to finish:
Want to see what came next? Check out our project showcase for the demolition of the Don Jail extension.See more projects