Featured Project // Cruiserath Transformation Project


The works involved the structural demolition of chemical storage tanks and production buildings. Operating sequentially across the site, the tanks were detached from their bases and crushed before the demolition process of the individual buildings were completed. The demolition also included the dismantling of a metal chimney stack; working in adverse weather conditions with eight significant storms being encountered during the project life, this required the highest level of skill and coordination between the operatives and crane operator. The final section of the site to be demolished was the intricate pipe bridge, spanning across the site from the factory buildings. This was carried out using both hot and cold cutting specialists as well as heavy plant to lower the pipework to the ground. Upon the successful demolition and crushing of the buildings, pipework and chimney, all excavations from the foundation removals were to be infilled using clean hardcore and granular material. Erith completed this phase of the project with an exemplary health and safety record, and within the contracted budget.

The second phase involved:
• The demolition of main API Manufacturing Plant and removal of all hazardous materials.
• The demolition of Boiler House and removal of all hazardous materials.
• The demolition of the Liquid Vapour Incinerator on site and removal of hazardous materials.
• Full drainage installation to the basement of the Manufacturing Building, incorporating the capping of Pyrite containing bedrock.
• On programme to remove for 4,000 tonnes of scrap, in addition to the 3,500 already processed, as per the standards enforced in our client approved Project Management Plan and Environmental Management Plan.
• The removal of 13,000 tonnes of crushed concrete from the demolition of floors slabs and foundations.

Phase Two of the Cruiserath Site Transformation Project was awarded to Erith due to the successful achievement of the project’s Key Performance Indicators, as well as the excellent relationship between Erith and the client. A critical aspect of this Contract decision was the consistent level of SHEQ standards throughout Phase One. In continuation of Erith’s commitment to innovate and achieve, several further SHEQ initiatives, procedures and processes were unveiled during Phase Two. Highlights of this work includes:
• The deployment of a ‘National Stand Down Day’.
• The development and submission of over 43 detailed ‘Safe Systems of Work’ for review and approval of Client.
• On-site training including; Chemical Awareness, Conned Space, Gotcha Rescue, NDTG Asbestos Awareness, Manual Handling & Cutter Set with all personal receiving Irish ‘Safe Pass Training’.
• The completion of over 35 ‘Lift Plans’.
• Onsite induction to all operatives to ensure SHEQ compliance and excellence during the project.

Through Erith’s continued action to achieve SHEQ excellence, the
completion of 118,000 man hours without a lost time injury was recorded.



Dublin, Ireland

In October 2015, Erith were awarded Phase One of the Cruiserath Site Transformation Project. Located in Dublin, Ireland, this project marked Erith’s first major international demolition works. Securing the contract was a triumph for our SHEQ department as it required a rapid adaptation to Ireland’s industry regulations, governed by the Health and Safety Authority.

The site had several challenges which Erith needed to overcome to ensure a smooth and successful delivery. Challenges included: Working alongside multiple contractors on site – Utilising years of experience of working on multi-disciplined sites, Erith adopted a collaborative approach which consisted of regular interface and strong lines of communication. With careful and deliberated planning, arrangements were made in agreement with all parties involved regarding site activities such as holding areas, welfare facilities, and access & egress.

Mitigating ground vibration shock and dust – Reducing the level of dust and vibration required the use of our tried and tested mitigation techniques. Sprinkler systems and water cannons were used to minimise dust clouds migrating across site and strict instructions to fully lower materials to the ground were enforced to reduce ground vibration.

Handling and disposing of numerous chemical waste products – Erith deployed a designated Decommissioning Technician to be based onsite to ensure the handling and disposal of chemical waste undertaken in line with the relevant legislation, safeguarding the existing operational delivery teams.

The Employer was particularly impressed with the standard of work and professionalism on display and as a result awarded Erith the €20,000,000 contract for Phase Two of the project.