Track & Wall Sawing in Dorchester
Dorchester is a vital town in the County of Dorset. It is an administrative and transport hub with more than half of the working population employed in government or quasi government jobs. Road and rail links connect it to London, Bristol and the rest of the UK. Although the area has been inhabited since pre-Roman times, there are probably fewer ancient buildings in Dorchester than other cities and towns. Apart from several devastating fires that destroyed areas of the town in the 1600s and 1700s, there was a penchant in the Georgian era for replacing structures as opposed to expanding the town beyond its walls. Much of the countryside surrounding the town was owned by the Duchy of Cornwall which prevented urban sprawl.
As old habits die hard, the Victorian era Dorchester Prison, which closed in December 2013, is the latest redevelopment project. The main Victorian buildings will be converted into apartments and the gate house will become a museum. After archaeologists have exhumed the human remains buried in the prison grounds, 190 residential units will be erected on the site. The staff of 24-7 Diamond Drilling and Sawing Services Ltd are experts in working on buildings from all eras. Since the 1960s, slipform construction methods have become widely used. While it speeds up construction, slipforming creates structures without apertures for entrances, ducting, windows and so on. These have to be cut into the concrete in both horizontal and vertical planes. Track sawing is used on bridges, dams, road barriers, grain silos and high-rise office and apartment buildings.
In old buildings, track saws are often used on natural stone such as sandstone, granite, marble and limestone, among others. The strength and integrity of old buildings can pose problems for modern equipment such as the larger floor saws. Track saws are often used where existing floors are not able to support the weight and vibration of heavy equipment. In both old and modern buildings, some areas are not accessible to larger machines and handheld equipment must be used. Handheld saws might also be required where the walls in old buildings are showing signs of decay and might not support the tracks required for the bigger wall saws.
As with all diamond sawing and drilling operations, the environments our operators work in are inherently dangerous. Health and safety are major concerns for us which is why we are fully CHAS accredited. No matter what size project you have, if you need wall sawing and other diamond drilling and cutting services in the Dorchester and Poundbury area, you won’t find a more dedicated or experienced company to partner with than 24-7 Diamond Drilling and Sawing Services Limited.
Dorchester Track & Wall Sawing Case Study
Brief: 24-7 where contracted to carry out a diamond Wall Sawing works in Dorchester. Old grain silos and the surrounding warehousing and factory areas were being converted into an arts and crafts village and restaurant precinct. Apertures had to be cut into the silos for doors, windows, service shafts and connecting gantries.
The window apertures had to be precision cut, so hand-held equipment with diamond blades were used to finish the corners of the apertures. The service shafts were sometimes in areas with restricted access and no suitable surface to mount tracks, so hand-held equipment with circular blades was used.
Solution: Dust was a major health problem for our operators as the silos were unventilated. Dustless equipment was used where necessary.
Our project management and frequent progress reports particularly impressed client.